Overturned 18-wheeler on I-10; police searching for hit-and-run suspect

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Drivers are still feeling the effects of the crash Monday morning on I-10 eastbound at E. Washington; an 18-wheeler overturned, spilling a load of trash.

The crash created massive backups on I-10. The big rig flipped over on the right shoulder around 8:45 a.m.

Baton Rouge Police say a privately owned tractor-trailer hauling trash was getting on I-10 from the Louise Street on-ramp when  a white car cut in front of it, causing the driver of the 18-wheeler to swerve and hit an East Baton Rouge Parish Department Public Works dump truck.

The 18-wheeler flipped onto its side, spilling its load of trash and the dump truck went off the road and ended up in a wooded area off the interstate.

Neither truck driver was injured, however, the cleanup effort and the removal of the trucks caused intermittent lane closures on I-10, impacting thousands of drivers.

Police say the car that caused the wreck did not stop. It is described as a late model, white Pontiac, four-door, with dark, tinted windows. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Hit and Run Division of the Baton Rouge Police Department at 389-3877 or call Crime Stoppers at 344-7867.

Until the trash is cleaned up, drivers are urged to use alternate routes.

They are encouraged to use the Huey P. Long Bridge (Old Bridge) on US 190.

Those headed into downtown Baton Rouge on I-110 South should exit before the I-10/I110 split to avoid the backups from the wreck.

Drivers can get back onto I-10 anywhere east of the East Washington exit.

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