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I-10 closed at I-49 due to chemical spilled in crash

UPDATED 3:30 p.m.: As emergency crews work to clear the crash scene, I-10 westbound remains closed at LA 415 near Baton Rouge. I-10 eastbound is now closed at I-49, and eastbound traffic is being diverted to US 190 eastbound via I-49 north.

According to an LSP spokesman, the crash spilled ethylene dichloride. It is a highly toxic and flammable  liquid primarily used in the production of vinyl chloride as well as other chemicals.

Inhalation of concentrated ethylene dichloride vapor can induce effects on the human nervous system, liver, and kidneys, as well as respiratory distress, cardiac arrhythmia, nausea, and vomiting.

ORIGINAL POST: The Henderson Police Department is investigating a crash involving an 18-wheeler carrying hazardous material. The crash is on I-10 westbound at milepost 117 (Butte La Rose).

I-10 westbound is now closed at LA 415 and traffic is being detoured onto US 190 westbound. Traffic behind the crash scene is being escorted off the interstate at the Butte La Rose exit.

Motorists should expect heavy delays and plan accordingly. Motorists can also stay up to date by utilizing 511la.org for road closure information.