LSP: Tanker driver rear-ended trooper on shoulder before explosion

LSP: Tanker driver rear-ended trooper on shoulder before explosion
Viewer submitted pictures of a reported tanker explosion on I-12 East near Satsuma on Fri., Nov. 20. (Source: WAFB)

LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Police say a tanker truck rear-ended a Louisiana State Police unit Friday morning, causing an explosion and sending both drivers to the hospital.

LSP unit involved in crash
LSP unit involved in crash (Source: Mark Sumrall)

The crash happened on I-12 Eastbound near the Colyell/Satsuma exit around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. Both eastbound lanes were closed at the Walker exit around 4:50 a.m. The fire was put out around 6:30 a.m.

Officials say the trooper was parked on the left shoulder of I-12 with his emergency lights on when the tanker left the roadway and hit the back of the unit. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

Officials are still assessing what the tanker was hauling.

One viewer, Laura Kimbrell, said the explosion shook her house and woke her up.

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