Law enforcement on scene of overturned truck on I-49 near Powhatan exit

This truck loaded with hazardous material overturned on I-49. NPSO photo

Source: NPSO

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.

One lane of I-49 is closed to allow hazmat crews to clear the area. NPSO photo
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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.

At the scene of an overturned truck loaded with hazardous materials. NPSO photo

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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