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Massive tanker-truck fire shuts down I-10E near LaPlace

I-10E is still closed from exit 220 to I-310. That closure is expected to continue through Tuesday.

ST. CHARLES PARISH, La. — A massive tanker-truck fire shut down I-10 East near I-310 in St. Charles Parish Monday afternoon.

Video shows the truck engulfed in flames and a burning substance floating on the water all around it.

St.Charles Parish Sheriff Greg Champagne says the driver got out safely and no injuries were reported.

As of 8:30 p.m., I-10E is still closed from exit 220 to I-310. The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's office says that closure will last through tomorrow (Tuesday) and ask drivers to avoid the area if possible.

Traffic on I-10E is being diverted onto Highway 51.

For the latest traffic conditions, visit our live traffic page.

Earlier in the day, a multi-car crash shut down I-10E near LaPlace.

Retired Lieutenant General Russel L. Honoré was involved in the crash and shared photos of the aftermath on Twitter.

In the three pictures that Honoré posted showing the damage from the accident, his Land Cruiser appeared to be totaled. Also, his airbags had deployed.

A tractor-trailer and another car were also involved. Those two vehicles had to be put out by the St. John the Baptist Parish Fire department.

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said the crash happened before 9:40 a.m. near mile marker 209. The crash closed I-10 east, forcing traffic to be diverted to US Hwy 51.

The cause of the crash is unknown at the time.

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