Tanker carrying hazardous materials explodes on interstate
Published 6:52 am Friday, November 20, 2020
A tanker carrying hazardous materials exploded on an interstate Friday east of Baton Rouge.
A portion of Interstate 12 in Livingston Parish is closed Friday morning when the tanker carrying hazardous materials hit the squad car of a Louisiana State Police officer.
Louisiana State Police says two people were injured, including a state police trooper who was parked on left shoulder of I-12 with his emergency lights on when the tanker left the roadway and hit the back of the unit.
#BREAKING: I-12 east is CLOSED at Walker due to a tanker truck explosion near Satsuma. We’re working to learn more about what the truck was carrying. No word yet on potential injuries. @WAFB @WAFBTraffic Video courtesy Laura Kimbrell pic.twitter.com/2EFMjyIbx5
— Graham Ulkins (@GrahamUlkins) November 20, 2020
The trooper and the driver of the tanker were transported to a local hospital.
One resident told local news stations that the explosion shook her house and woke her up.
Officials are still assessing what material the tanker was hauling.