18-wheeler causes 7 car crash, major delays, from early morning crash

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 - 11:57am

BATON ROUGE, LA (FOX44) -- The Louisiana State Police believe an 18-wheeler may have been going too fast upon entering a construction zone on I-12 this morning. It was a mistake that caused a seven car pile up, several injuries, and traffic backups for hours.

An 18-wheeler was traveling in the east bound lane of I-12 near the O’Neal exit at around 6:00 a.m. when the driver failed to stay in the proper lane. That’s when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a concrete barricade.

The area where the crash happened was in a construction zone.

“Obviously, when you enter a construction zone, you should slow down and pay attention to your surroundings,” Trooper Russell Graham said when asked if he believes the construction zone played a factor in this crash. “Failure to do so will result in an accident, like this one.”

The 18-wheeler was carrying a load of pipes that then spilled out on to the roadway, and landed in the West bound lane of I-12, directly into oncoming traffic. The incident caused a seven car pile up. Six people suffered injuries from this wreck, including the driver of the 18-wheeler. We’re told all of those injuries were non-life threatening.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was issued a citation.

The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Department assisted with diverting traffic while the scene was cleared.

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