Fire destroys big rig hauling produce, shuts down I-20E

Traffic detoured as heavy machinery used to clear what remains of the 18-wheeler

Fire destroys big rig hauling produce; part of I-20 closed for hours

WEBSTER PARISH, La. (KSLA) — Fire destroyed a big rig hauling produce, resulting in part of Interstate 20 being closed for hours.

(Source: Trooper First Class Brent Hardy/Louisiana State Police)

No injuries were reported.

The closure that began about 7 p.m. Sunday is expected to last another four or five hours as crews use heavy machinery to clear the wreckage.

Impacted are travelers on eastbound Interstate 20 in Webster Parish.

Traffic now is backed up for about two miles, the Louisiana highway department reports.

Motorists are being detoured off the interstate at Goodwill Road.

They then can travel:

  • about 0.4 of a mile south to U.S. Highway 80,
  • then east on U.S. 80 for approximately 5.5 miles,
  • and back onto eastbound I-20 at U.S. Highway 371 at Dixie Inn.

The tractor-trailer rig fire was first reported about 7 p.m.

The closure, now about two hours old, is expected to continue for approximately five hours more, according to Louisiana State Police.

Heavy machinery is at work clearing what remains of a tractor-trailer rig that caught fire along Interstate 20 in Webster Parish the night of Feb. 16.
Heavy machinery is at work clearing what remains of a tractor-trailer rig that caught fire along Interstate 20 in Webster Parish the night of Feb. 16. (Source: Trooper First Class Brent Hardy/Louisiana State Police)

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