Overturned 18-wheeler shuts down I-12 near Hammond

Overturned 18-wheeler shuts down I-12 near Hammond

HAMMOND, LA (WVUE) - An overturned 18-wheeler has closed Interstate 12 near Hammond in both directions.

The crash happened Monday afternoon on the eastbound side near the Interstate 55. It is unclear what caused the accident or if anyone was injured.

Traffic is being diverted onto I-55 and westbound traffic is being diverted onto US 51 Business south to Highway 22 west to I-55 north, then back to I-12 west.

State police want drivers to avoid the area while the crash is being investigated.

State police escorted an empty tanker to off-load gasoline from the overturned 18-wheeler. The DEQ and private companies are on scene to ensure a complete environmental cleanup, according to investigators.

Officers did not say when they expect I-12 to reopen.

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