Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Parish Fire District #6, Louisiana State Police Hazardous Materials Unit and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development are on the scene of an overturned truck carrying 4,500 pounds of Class III and Class 8 hazardous materials on Interstate-49 (northbound) near the Powhatan exit.
NatCom 911 Center received the 911 call at approximately 7:39 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.
According to LSP, a 2019 International truck operated by Lynn G. Alexander, 62, of Abbeville was traveling northbound on I-49 when he apparently left the roadway on the right side, travelled approximately 535 feet and overturned in the ditch.
Shortly after the crash, some of the Class 8 materials began to leak.
Alexander was accessed at the scene by EMS and released with no apparent injury.
State Police Hazardous Materials Units are on scene while clean-up crews clear the area.
Louisiana DOTD is expected to close one-lane of traffic, possibly 4-6 hours, while crews clear the scene.
If traveling through the area, drive carefully, avoid distractions and pay attention to the road.
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