UPDATE: One dead in an 18-wheeler explosion in westbound lane of I-10 near Whiskey Bay

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JUST IN: I-10 westbound from Baton Rouge to Lafayette will remain closed overnight and into the morning while vehicles are cleared.

UPDATE: State troopers say all passenger vehicles have been turned around and rerouted out of the westbound lane of I-10 near Whiskey Bay.

As of 10 P.M., state troopers say some larger 18-wheelers were still in traffic, working to turn around and leave the crash site. Since I-10 Eastbound is being used to reroute those vehicles, portions of both Eastbound and Westbound lanes of Interstate 10 were closed.

Trooper Thomas Gossen says one person was killed in the fiery crash. Even though authorities know the identity, they are waiting for family to be identified out of state.

The multi-vehicle crash happened on the Westbound side of I-10 near Whiskey Bay on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.

State Troopers say it all started with a single Camaro which lost control driving westbound on I-10.

Authorities say two trucks collided behind the Camaro, one carrying logs, the other a highly flammable, and explosive pollutant. At least two other vehicles crashed behind them.

Traffic heading west was initially backed up for three miles.

Authorities closed the interstate from Baton Rouge to Lafayette, turning the trapped drivers around on both ends and rerouting other commuters to Highway 190 which connects Baton Rouge to Opelousas.

Fireman and other emergency responders drove east in the westbound to get as close as they could to the accident.

As of 10 P.M., we’ve been told I-10 Eastbound should be open soon. It is being used for vehicles to leave the scene of the accident.

UPDATE: One person was killed in the fiery crash on Interstate 10 Monday afternoon.

It happened on Interstate 10 westbound, just after 2 p.m. on the Atchafalaya Basin.

As of 4:50 p.m. both east and westbound lanes remain closed.

State Police said there is no estimated timeline as to when the lanes would reopen.

Westbound traffic is being rerouted to La. 415 (Lobdell) to US Hwy. 190.

Eastbound traffic is being rerouted at the I-49 exit in Lafayette.

Stay with KLFY on air and online for new details.

The deceased has not been identified pending notification of next of kin.

ORIGINAL: State Police and HAZMAT are at the scene of a 18-wheeler crash the Basin Bridge on Interstate 10. Both east and westbound lanes are closed at this time.

The crash caused a major explosion. How many other vehicle involved has not yet been determined, State Police Troop I Thomas Gossen said.

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