I-49 in Natchitoches back open after hazmat spill & fire - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

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I-49 in Natchitoches back open after hazmat spill & fire

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HAPPENING NOW:  Multiple emergency response agencies are working to clear an overturned tractor trailer that was carrying several thousand gallons of flammable, hazardous materials on Interstate 49 just south of Natchitoches.  Firefighters contained a fire caused by the crash before pulling back at a safe distance for State Police HazMat to take over.

There are no evacuations or any immediate threat to residents in the area, according to NPSO public information officer, Captain Tony Moran. He tells KSLA News 12 the cleanup will take a while.

According to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's office, an 18-wheeler overturned around 1:00 a.m. Tuesday near the Natchitoches exit along the southbound lanes of I-49.   The driver is reportedly ok.  No injuries were reported. 

Traffic is back open but reduced to one lane on both sides of the interstate near the scene of the crash.  The 18-wheeler trailer remains overturned.  A 10 mile stretch of both lanes on the interstate were temporarily closed early Tuesday morning but reopened just before 3:30 a.m.  

Responding agencies include Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana State Police Hazardous Material Units, Natchitoches Fire Department Hazardous Material Units, Natchitoches Fire District-5, Natchitoches EMS Paramedics, La. Department of Transportation and Development, Natchitoches City Police, and Natchitoches Fire District-6.

We'll have the very latest on this breaking news story starting at 4:30 a.m. on KSLA News 12 This Morning.

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