LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - It was about nine in the morning on Interstate 10 eastbound when two eighteen wheelers were entering the curve at the Opelousas Street exit. Except Sergeant Mark Kraus says one of them was going too fast. "The 18 wheeler that flipped, flipped into another eighteen wheeler. That 18 wheeler was able to escape the weight of the falling 18 wheeler which ended up resulting in this vehicle falling on its side."
Eastbound traffic was completely blocked for a while and re-routed around the wreck until police could open one lane. Meanwhile work continued to clean up diesel and offload the truck hauling tile police believe the drivers load shifted contributing to the wreck. Explains Kraus, "Anytime that you have a big rig has a load or any vehicle has a load you have to be aware of shift. What that means is if you're coming in the corner or turn and your load shifts the weight of that load is going to go to one side of the vehicle and the driver is going to have to compensate generally resulting in over compensation which makes a vehicle flip."
Removing the damaged rig was to be a major job expected to result in more traffic problems through the day. "We expect the roadway to be closed until well into the evening. We have one lane open now, however when the wreckers begin to move the vehicle that flipped over this is when the roadway's going to be closed and it's going to be closed for a long period of time."
But as it turns out-- the rig was upright and hauled off just before five-- and traffic, though flowing a bit sluggishly, was moving along.
The driver of the big rig suffered minor injuries. The Florida man was ticketed for careless operation.