PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - A crash involving six 18-wheelers and a passenger vehicle shut down traffic on I-10 between Grosse Tete and I-110 in Baton Rouge for most of the day Tuesday.
All lanes were reopened just before 3:30 p.m. It took about another hour for the backups from the closures to clear.
The crash happened near the LA 415 exit in Port Allen just before 3 a.m. Troopers are still trying to figure out the chain of events and what led to the pileup. Two people were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
A truck carrying sugar was on its way to Oklahoma. It rolled over on top of a car. Another truck was carrying Dr. Peppers. A third truck was carrying whiskey, wine coolers and mixed drinks. A fourth was carrying rolls of paper. The two remaining trucks were carrying pallets and gravel.
The gravel truck caught fire at some point after the collision and ended up in the eastbound lanes.
At one point, I-10 was shut down in both directions between Lafayette and Baton Rouge. US 190 was the alternate route for drivers to use and some of them said they were stuck on that roadway for an hour while the crash scene was being cleared.
"Worst accident I've ever been in," Sammy Trotter said.
"I hit three trucks and then rolled over and then another truck hit me," he added.
Trotter said he has seen pileups before, but being in one is an experience he never wanted.
"Thank God I'm still alive," Trotter stated.
He was hauling seven rolls of paper destined for Houston. Driving along the stretch of I-10 just before the LA 415 North Lobdell exit, Trotter said things went dark.
"It was pitch dark, couldn't see anything. I didn't see the truck in front of me until not even 100 feet," Trotter explained.
Investigators believe the car involved in the crash may have caused it by stopping on the interstate for some reason. The driver of the car and one of the truck drivers, a woman, were taken to the hospital.
According to Trotter, the gravel truck hit him and sparked the fire.
"I'm so glad it wasn't no more 18-wheelers out here than what it was," Trotter added.
The backups on I-10 East were caused by people driving by the scene slowly.