UPDATE: I-10 reopened at LA-415

Source: KLFY-TV in Lafayette, LA
Source: KLFY-TV in Lafayette, LA
Photo of "mud" on I-10 Source: LSP
Photo of "mud" on I-10 Source: LSP

HENDERSON, LA (WAFB) - All lanes of I-10 Westbound at LA 415 were reopened Friday evening after a deadly crash closed down both lanes.

A fiery 18-wheeler crash Thursday night forced the closure of a significant portion of I-10, westbound, between Baton Rouge and Lafayette.    Traffic heading toward Lafayette was detoured north to US 190.

According to KLFY-TV in Lafayette, two big rigs collided, causing one of them to burst into flames Thursday night on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.

The station reported the driver of the tractor trailer that caught fire was pronounced dead.

His name was not released.

Four other minor crashes reportedly were caused by this major wreck.

LSP said the reason the closure had lasted so long is because the semi truck that caught fire was hauling barrels of "drilling mud," which spilled onto the roadway.

Troopers said it creates an "ice like surface," which is slick and very dangerous. They described it as trying to drive on ice or glass.

Trooper Stephen Hammons says a company has been working since the fire was put out to remove the substance from the road, but it takes quite a while to complete the process.

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