WHISKEY BAY, LA (WAFB) - Troop I in Lafayette worked a crash that shut down the Basin Bridge on I-10 westbound at Mile Marker 121.5.
I-10 West has been reopened at LA-415. It was closed Wednesday afternoon because of the accident that happened around 1:30 p.m. at LA-3177 which is east of Henderson. Motorists were urged to take US 190 as an alternate route.
"Four 18 wheelers were traveling in the right lane of travel. The last two were following too close," said Trooper Brooks David with Troop I. "Traffic was moving slowly, but not at a complete stop.
"The third 18 wheeler had to apply his brakes so he wouldn't hit the second one. The fourth one also his brakes, but swerved to the left. He hit an 18-wheeler and a truck. That caused the truck to hit the guardrail and cause damage to the bridge."
Trooper Brooks says the bridge is going to be shut down for several hours. Bridge inspectors were brought out to see if there was significant damage to the bridge.
While there was no structural damage, the guardrail was broken, according to DOTD. A temporary rail has been put in place.
LSP reports that a passenger in the 18 wheeler has minor injuries while the driver of the pick-up truck suffered moderate injuries.
The closure caused backups in the Baton Rouge area as drivers sought alternate routes to head westbound.