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UPDATE: I-10 exit at Ambassador Caffery now open

Posted: 8:10 PM, May 20, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-20 21:21:43-04

The exit ramp from I-10 East to Ambassador Caffery has reopened. DOTD reports that there is no congestion following the reopening.

I-10 Eastbound reopened Monday afternoon following a crash involving an overturned 18-wheeler carrying a hazardous material.

Lafayette HazMat team successfully off loaded most of the product from the overturned 18-wheeler. The overturned tank has been removed from the crash scene, according to Alton Trahan, spokesperson for the Lafayette Fire Dept. The remaining product will be removed from the tank at another location due to the opening of the interstate.

The exit ramp from I-10 East to LA 3184 (Ambassador Caffery) is closed until further notice because of the clean up operation.

Congestion is approaching LA 35 (Rayne).

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I-10 East remains closed at LA 93 (Scott) due to an overturned semi at LA 3184 (Ambassador Caffery Parkway).

Congestion has reached to one mile before LA 95 (Duson) at the LA 93 diversion.

Use alternate rout

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LAFAYETTE–Interstate 10 East between I-49 and Scott is still closed at this hour after an 18-wheeler flipped at the Ambassador Caffery off-ramp, spilling a hazardous chemical.

Louisiana State Police say that traffic from I-10 East is being diverted to US 90 (Cameron Street) at Exit 97 in Scott.

Troopers say there is no timetable for when the roadway will reopen.

Scott Police advise residents to allow time to get to their destinations due to the influx of traffic from the interstate. Roads currently seeing traffic include Cameron, St. Mary, Apollo and Westgate.

Lafayette Police say that I-10 East at the Ambassador Caffery off-ramp will be closed until further. Motorists are asked to avoid the area.

KATC’s Abby Breidenbach was LIVE at this scene this morning with more information.

According to the Lafayette Fire Department, the truck was carrying an alcohol mix product. That leak has been contained. Right now, officials are waiting for a transporting truck to offload the chemical.

DOTD says that traffic is being diverted at LA 93 in Scott.

Dave Baker and Katie Lopez clarified some of the traffic snarls that motorists may be experiencing.

For those motorists entering I-10 East from the Ambassador entrance, Lafayette Police say that I-10 East is open from that roadway and onward.

Those drivers who normally take I-10 West from the Ambassador Caffery entrance are unable to cross the overpass at this time. Lafayette Police have blocked off the overpass due to fumes from the overturned vehicle.

Motorists wanting to take I-10 West from Ambassador Caffery must exit onto I-10 East and take either the University or Evangeline Thruway exit and then proceed to I-10 West.

Courtesy: Lafayette Fire Department

I-10 West was closed immediately after the crash, but that stretch of the interstate has been reopened.

Louisiana State Police Haz-Mat is also on scene assisting.