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Drivers headed westward from Baton Rouge are able to take the interstate once again after two 18-wheelers collided on I-10 West about two miles before Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge earlier Wednesday.
Louisiana State Police reported I-10 West has reopened at LA 415 in Port Allen after the crash shut down the interstate for several hours. State Police said the two tractor trailers were hauling chemicals. However, there were no hazardous materials leaking from either one.
Emergency crews had to extricate one of the drivers who was trapped inside of the cab of his 18-wheeler. He was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
"Troopers are trying to determine exactly what caused that crash, the events that led up to that crash. They are going to put all that together and determine the best course of action in order to clear the roadway as quickly as they can," said Sgt. Jared Sandifer with LSP.
Crews separated the 18-wheelers around 3 p.m. and troopers then opened the left lane to allow traffic that had stopped due to the crash to pass through.
Once the congestion cleared, crews removed the 18-wheelers from the scene before State Police reopened the interstate.