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Major accident closes I-55 North for nearly 9 hours

A major accident has shut down northbound I-55 at mile post 7.5 (FOX 8 photo). A major accident has shut down northbound I-55 at mile post 7.5 (FOX 8 photo).
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Highway I-55 northbound was shut down for nearly nine hours Thursday morning due to an accident involving two 18-wheelers.

The accident happened around midnight at milepost 13.6 in St. John Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. The highway did not re-open until 9 a.m. Thursday morning.

Officers say that a car-hauler was traveling northbound on the highway when he pulled onto the right shoulder to secure his load. At the same time, troopers say that a tractor-trailer was traveling northbound in the right lane approaching the car hauler.

As the car hauler tried to re-enter I-55, the driver pulled into the path of the oncoming tractor-trailer.

The two trucks collided. The tractor-trailer struck a bridge rail and overturned, troopers say. Two vehicles on the car-hauler caught fire and became partially dislodged.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. State troopers say the driver of the car-hauler was not injured.

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