(WVUE) - A Mississippi trucking company owns the truck involved in a massive nail spill that shut lanes on Interstate 10 and damaged tires on a yet-to-be-determined number of vehicles, according to an incident report released by the Louisiana State. Police.
The truck was a tractor pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with construction and building materials and is registered to OCL Transportation of Petal, Miss.
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OCL dissolved at an undetermined date and is now doing business as LTS Transport.
The driver of the truck, identified as Darick Johnson, admitted to losing the nails and was cited for driving with an unsecured load.
Johnson holds a Mississippi drivers license.
"They failed to secure their load. He is going to be responsible, personally, but also whatever the company he was working for is going to be responsible," said personal injury attorney Greg DiLeo.
LTS Transport is insured by American Insurance Brokers. The company is referring inquiries there.
Three lanes of Interstate 10 headed into New Orleans were shut down Tuesday afternoon after a truck carrying nails spilled them onto the roadway.
The nails were on the ground in the left three lanes of the six-lane interstate starting at Oaklawn Drive, just past the Bonnabel Boulevard exit.
Dozens of area tire businesses were inundated with customers who had nails in their tires. Some drivers had dozens of nails in their tires, causing hundreds of dollars of damage for many people.
Some tires had as many as a dozen nails.
State police found the driver who caused the spill and cited him.
State police advise drivers to call their insurance company to learn if they are covered and if any deductibles apply.
"That driver was cited for unsecured load," said Trooper Melissa Matey, Louisiana State Police spokesperson. "DOTD came and cleaned up the interstate."
Matey advised drivers take pictures of the damage and save all the receipts.
Matey also said drivers can ask insurance companies to call state police.