A major accident between two 18 wheelers forced the closure of a significant portion of I-10, westbound, between Baton Rouge and Lafayette Thursday night, causing westbound traffic heading toward Lafayette to be detoured north to US 190. According to reports, the big truck wreck occurred on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, when a semi-truck for some unknown reason crossed over the I-10 median and crashed into a westbound truck head-on. The westbound 18-wheeler immediately became engulfed in flames and it’s driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Four other minor car wrecks were caused by this truck accident. No injuries were reported. All lanes of I-10 Westbound at LA 415 were finally reopened late Friday evening. Louisiana State Patrol reported that the reason the interstate closure lasted so long was because the 18-wheeler that caught fire was hauling barrels of “drilling mud,” which spilled onto the roadway. Troopers said it creates an “ice-like surface,” which is slick and very dangerous. They described it as trying to drive on ice. Troopers also reported that after the fire was put out a company was brought in to work on removing the substance from the road, but it takes quite a while to complete the process. The accident is still under investigation and the victim’s identity has not been released. If you’ve been injured in a truck accident with an 18 wheeler or a car wreck, call our personal injury firm today. Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys has had more than 64 car wreck cases with $1 million dollar plus results. We’ll fight for you to receive fair compensation while you focus on recovering. Get Gordon! Get It Done!