Crash causes two 18-wheelers to catch fire, closes interstate for 7 hours

Crash causes two 18-wheelers to catch fire, closes interstate for 7 hours
Source: Baton Rouge Fire Department
Source: Baton Rouge Fire Department

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are investigating a crash that resulted in two 18-wheelers catching fire early Thursday morning and caused some scary moments for people living near the scene.

The Baton Rouge Fire Department reported the crash happened on I-110 South between Chippewa Street and North 22nd Street shortly before 5 a.m.

Smoke gave way to flames that lit up the dark sky. Officials reported all lanes of I-110 South and I-110 North in the area were shut down. All lanes of I-110 North were reopened around 7:15 a.m. All lanes of I-110 South reopened around 12:15 p.m.

"I ain't never seen nothing like it before in my life," Chester Boguille, a witness, said. "[It was the] first time. You never know what's going to happen."

Boguille lives feet away from the overpass where the crash and fire happened. A frantic neighbor woke him up. They watched as crews battled the massive inferno.

"The truck is on fire! I said, 'We can't do nothing about it. The fire department has to come now. There's nothing I can do about it,'" Boguille added.

Their concern quickly turned to any flammable materials that could be inside the burning trucks.

"I was scared the gasoline truck was going to blow up. I was really concerned. That's what made me stay up, because it that blow up, it'll do a lot of damage around here," Bougille explained.

Mark Miles with BRFD reported there were no injuries in the crash. He added both trucks had just emptied their loads before the crash, but they both had about 100 gallons of diesel fuel in them.

"The great thing about this incident that has happened is both trucks were empty," Miles said. "Neither of them was carrying chemicals."

He also said of the fuel tanks was ruptured and caused diesel to leak on and over the interstate. The fires were put out around 6:30 a.m.

According to Miles, the box truck is owned by Schnider Trucking, while the tanker truck is owned by Quality Transport.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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