Hwy 95 in Duson near Miss Mamie’s was closed due to a flipped 18 wheeler leaking acrylic acid Thursday
The 18-wheeler tipped over into a ditch, causing acrylic acid to leak onto the road. Rescue crews from Lafayette, Scott, Duson and State Police all responded to the emergency call.
“Duson PD received a call of an 18 wheeler that’s leaking acrylic acid. We know that it is flammable, corrosive and it’s toxic.” said State Police M/T Brooks David
Officials called in a second 18-wheeler to transfer the acid into. The process began around 5:30 and police say it could take over six hours. The road way is not expected to be cleared until midnight this evening.
“When our ESU units along with Duson PD thinks that its safe to do so, we’ll open up the roadways. Until then it will be shut down, our main priority is to make sure the public is safe.” said M/T David
Angie Gray works at the gas station where the truck driver had left just moments before the accident.
“I guess he went in too sharp and the trailer went into the ditch first and it was gone first. I guess he got scared or nervous because he hit the gas a little bit too much because he flipped the whole truck .” said Gray
Acrylic acid is a colorless liquid with a strong odor and is very flammable. Rescue crews closed down part of LA 95, South of I-10 down to US-90, in an attempt to keep the incident isolated.
“There not letting anybody in, and nobody out so we haven’t had anybody. No trucks coming in , no business, nothing, so its going to be pretty bad.” said Gray