DOTD will monitor interstate, roads overnight

WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Darrell Hitt sat patiently at a truck stop at the Grosse Tete exit on I-10 Tuesday, receiving updates by phone from his son coming from Baton Rouge.

"We didn't expect it to be quite this bad," said Hitt.

Hitt's son was caught behind a massive seven vehicle pile-up westbound beyond highway 415. According to the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office, the accident was the result of poor road conditions and stop and go traffic. The accident put huge wrinkles in the plans of some drivers in the region.

"He told me he turned his vehicle off to save gas because they weren't moving a bit so I'm just going to sit here and wait and listen to the radio," added Hitt.

Rodney Mallett of the Department of Transportation and Development says state crews have been monitoring I-10 and other trouble spots like the Mississippi bridges nonstop and will continue to do so until the weather passes.

"We have scouts out on the road and we're working with state police and local law enforcement to monitor the road conditions and we will salt as needed," said Mallett.

Mallett says DOTD will also close roads as needed as well. Barriers sit close to interstate entrance ramps ready if work crews or troopers make the call.

"Those troopers are out there and constantly assessing the roadway and as soon as they see a situation that's dangerous or we receive a report of a situation that may be dangerous we are going to check it out and if it's dangerous we are shutting the road down right there and planning our detours," said Captain Doug Cain of the Louisiana State Police.

Detours and delays are what Hitt says he has come to expect during this weather.

"Matter a fact that's what I do I handle insurance claims for a living so I'm hoping most people stayed home," added Hitt.

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