LSP: Tanker driver rear-ended trooper on shoulder before explosion

Updated: Nov. 20, 2020 at 12:13 PM CST
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LIVINGSTON PARISH, La. (WAFB) - Police say a tanker truck rear-ended a Louisiana State Police unit Friday morning, causing an explosion and sending both drivers to the hospital.

LSP unit involved in crash
LSP unit involved in crash(Mark Sumrall)

The crash happened on I-12 Eastbound near the Colyell/Satsuma exit around 4:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 20. Both eastbound lanes were closed at the Walker exit around 4:50 a.m. The fire was put out around 6:30 a.m.

Officials say the trooper was parked on the left shoulder of I-12 with his emergency lights on when the tanker left the roadway and hit the back of the unit. Both drivers suffered moderate injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

Officials are still assessing what the tanker was hauling.

One viewer, Laura Kimbrell, said the explosion shook her house and woke her up.

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