18-wheeler catches fire on I-10 East - WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports

18-wheeler catches fire on I-10 East

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - An 18-wheeler fire shut down I-10 East on the Horace Wilkinson Bridge (New Bridge) for about an hour Friday morning. 

All lanes were opened around 11:30 a.m., but delays remained in both directions for drivers trying to cross the Mississippi River.

Drivers saw flames shooting from the engine of the big rig and one passerby shot video of the incident.

Firefighters quickly doused the flames, but their actions had little effect on the traffic nightmare caused by the fire.

Louisiana State Police urged drivers to use US 190 as an alternate route and said backups were expected to last until around 1:30 p.m.

It is unknown if there were any injuries.

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