I-10 reopens in Baton Rouge

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Associated Press

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 10:02 AM

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Interstate 10 in Baton Rouge has reopened after being closed due to a multi-vehicle crash involving a tanker truck leaking a flammable liquid.

Crews performed a "vent and burn" technique late Wednesday night in order to stop the leak from a damaged tanker.

State police said the coordinated explosion around 11:45 p.m. successfully burned off the isobutane leaking from the truck.

Firefighters on the scene were able to get the flames under control around 1:30 a.m. Thursday. Westbound lanes were reopened around 6 a.m.

I-10 eastbound reopened shortly before 7 a.m.

The accident happened when a car flipped on the interstate early Wednesday morning. A tanker truck stopped for the accident and was rear-ended by another 18-wheeler.

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