LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – A chemical spill from a wrecked tanker carrying Isobutene on I-10 is creating major headaches for drivers traveling east and west bound between Beaumont and Winnie, Texas.
The Texas Department of Transportation is diverting west bound motorists off of I-10 at Exit 365, located about 13 miles west of Beaumont.
The department is diverting east bound traffic starting in Winnie, which is located 26 miles west of Beaumont, on to Texas State Highway 73.
Westbound travelers are strongly encouraged to take U.S. 90 in Beaumont to State Highway 61 in Devers and then back on to I-10. Otherwise, if drivers exit at the last minute, they could face delays up to an hour.
Eastbound traffic is encouraged to take Texas State Highway 124 north to Beaumont or continue east on State Highway 73 to I-10 near Orange.
Long delays are to be expected on some of these detour routes. On Monday evening, long delays were reported in Bridge City on SH 73.
The Texas Department of Transportation said they hope to have I-10 reopened early Wednesday.
On Monday, emergency crews were still in the process of removing a tanker filled with chemicals from the roadway.