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TRAFFIC: Interstate 10 westbound still down to one lane near US 171 exit

Interstate 10 westbound near the La. 14/US 171 exit was still down to one lane Friday morning following an accident Thursday afternoon. (KPLC) Interstate 10 westbound near the La. 14/US 171 exit was still down to one lane Friday morning following an accident Thursday afternoon. (KPLC)
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Interstate 10 westbound near the La. 14/US 171 exit was still down to one lane Friday morning following an accident Thursday afternoon.

The outside lane has been closed since 2:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the Lake Charles Police Department. It could be reopened as early as 11 a.m. Friday.

An 18-wheeler transporting motor oil ran off the road and crashed into a grassy area off the interstate. A small amount of diesel leaked from the truck's fuel tank but the tanker did not spill any oil. The driver was transported to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The reason the lane has been closed for so long? Crews are having to unload the oil from the tanker and clean up the diesel.

The crash was the second in that area on Thursday and the fourth in the last 10 days.

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