BATON ROUGE – All lanes along I-12 West at Airline are now open after a truck lost its load and a nearly 4-hour long cleanup process brought traffic to a near standstill.
The Wednesday morning incident occurred shortly before 5:30 a.m. as the driver of a’GEO Family Enterprise LLC‘ truck had to slam on his brakes due to another vehicle suddenly cutting in front of him.
The truck was hauling a load of granite countertops, and as the driver slammed on his brakes the load fell from truck and shattered all over the roadway.
As a result of the incident, multiple lanes of traffic along I-12 West at Airline were blocked for hours while crews worked to clean up the debris.
Crews still working and only one lane open on I-12-W @ Airline, its been a 3 hour operation so far. pic.twitter.com/nHw1dTpWyq
UPDATE- Crews finally working to clear out shattered countertops on I-12 W at Airline. Take 190 this morning! pic.twitter.com/tepN9PpreN
TRAFFIC ALERT- Truck spilled a load of stone countertops on I-12 West at Airline and shattered debris all over the roadway. Avoid the area. pic.twitter.com/TZxnDXjfhH
Fortunately, the incident did not result in any injuries. But it did cause severe congestion throughout the Baton Rouge area.
As the many drivers who normally traveled along I-12 West during their morning commutes resorted to using surface streets, traffic along streets such as Florida Boulevard and Old Hammond Highway became a bumper-to-bumper nightmare.
For some, a morning commute that would normally take 20 minutes, took as long as two hours.
As of 9:30 a.m., I-12 West is clear and traffic is gradually thinning out.
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