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18-wheeler rollover shuts down I-20 at Monkhouse Drive

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

A portion of Interstate 20 remains closed following an 18-wheeler rollover crash in West Shreveport late Sunday night. 

The crash happened just after 10:30 p.m. on I-20 westbound at Monkhouse Dr.  According to the Shreveport Fire Department, about 2,000 gallons of bio-diesel fuel leaked from the tractor-trailer.

Fire officials tell KSLA News 12 that the 18-wheeler drifted into the center median, then over-corrected causing it to roll multiple times.  The driver was not injured.  The truck was carrying bio-diesel fuel, which is reportedly made out of recycled vegetable oil and other similar products.  Louisiana State Police list this fuel as a "non-regulated material," which means it is not considered hazardous.

Shreveport Fire Department's Chief of Special Operations and Safety Scott Wolverton says some of the fuel leaked into a nearby drainage ditch.  Crews are working to vacuum up the fuel from the water, so that it does not get into the water supply.

According to Shreveport Police officers at the scene, the westbound lanes of I-20 at Monkhouse Dr. could remain closed until around 8:00 a.m. on Monday.  Fire officials say Shreveport firefighters are working with the trucking company to clean up the mess.  They will reportedly have to off-load the remaining fuel in the 18-wheeler before they can upright it.

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