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Fiery 18-wheeler crash on I-10 being investigated as hit-and-run

Jefferson Parish Fire Chief David Tibbetts said the single-vehicle crash happened when the 18-wheeler lost control and flipped on its side.

The two right lanes on I-10 eastbound at Veterans Boulevard have reopened after a tandem 18-wheeler crashed and caught fire early Wednesday morning.

Louisiana State Police are investigating the incident as a hit-and-run because a Silver Mercury Grand Marquis is believed to have sideswiped the truck, causing the crash.

Jefferson Parish Fire Chief David Tibbetts said the 18-wheeler driver lost control, causing the truck to flip onto its side. The truck's second trailer then fell over a bridge railing onto a grassy area below.

Witnesses tell Eyewitness News that they heard several explosions after the crash. Tibbetts said those explosions were caused by paint products inside the trailer bursting.

Tibbetts added that the driver of the truck was in good condition and was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Video from WWL-TV viewer Vincent James shows a large fire engulfing one of the vehicles. Can't see the video? Click here.

The crash closed both I-10 west and east as first responders worked to extinguish the flames. I-10 west reopened around 8 a.m. while the right lanes of I-10 east reopened just before 1 p.m. The left lane will be closed for an undetermined amount of time so contractors can perform emergency repairs to the bridge piers and under the roadway deck, according to DOTD. The Power Boulevard on-ramp to I-10 east will also be closed during this time. 

Stay with Eyewitness News on WWL-TV and WWLTV.com for more on this developing story.