I-20 opens after rollover shutdown & spill - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

I-20 opens after rollover shutdown & spill

Posted: Updated: Jan 27, 2014 07:42 AM CST
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Interstate 20 is back open to traffic following an 18-wheeler rollover crash in West Shreveport late Sunday night.  DOTD made the announcement at 7:14 a.m. Monday that all lanes were back open near the Monkhouse Dr. exit.

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. Crews worked on transferring the remaining fuel into another tractor-trailer before towing the damaged 18-wheeler.

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 worked to vacuum up the fuel from the water, so that it wouldn't get into the water supply.

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