US 79 reopens after hazmat tanker truck wreck in Caddo Parish
A tanker truck filled with hazardous liquid has overturned on Highway 79 at Bethany State Line Road in Caddo Parish.
CADDO PARISH, LA (KSLA) -
US 79 opened to traffic Wednesday morning at Bethany State Line Rd. in Caddo Parish after a wreck involving a tanker truck carrying hazardous materials Tuesday morning.
The incident happened just before 9 a.m. Tuesday. Investigators say the truck driver was traveling northbound and ran off the right side of the road and hit a tree. This caused his truck to flip over on its side and the tractor trailer tank to burst into three pieces.
Investigators say the tank was filled with 4,150 gallons of aluminum sulfate water treated with anhydrous ammonia, a hazardous material. The liquid spilled all over the road and in nearby ditches.
CPSO's Hazmat crews, DEQ, Fire District 3 and Louisiana State Police were on the scene. The northbound and southbound lanes are closed to traffic between Buncombe Road and Highway 80.
According to CPSO spokesperson Cindy Chadwick, the truck belongs to Linden Bulk Transportation out of Pasadena, Texas. The company is responsible for the cleanup and has been contacted.
Motorists are being diverted in Bethany and Greenwood via Buncomb Rd. to LA 169 to US 80 (Greenwood Rd.). No evacuations have been ordered. The truck driver was taken to University Health in Shreveport for minor to moderate injuries.