I-10 reopened after tanker spill - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

I-10 reopened after tanker spill

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Several lanes of Interstate 10 eastbound were closed for nearly five hours after a tractor trailer began leaking fluid onto the roadway Tuesday evening.

The driver noticed a liquid spilling out from the top of the tanker around 5:30 p.m. when he neared the Dalrymple exit off I-10. Hazardous material and cleaning crews at the scene had the spill cleaned up by 10:30 p.m.

According to Barry Mounce with the Baton Rouge Fire Department, the truck leaked a chemical called ethylhexanol. Mounce said the chemical did not pose a threat to the surrounding area or vehicles passing by, but can be an irritant in high concentrations.

The tanker was en route to New Jersey.

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