18-wheeler hauling oil catches fire on I-49 in Natchitoches Parish


The northbound lanes of I-49 in Natchitoches north of Chopin were shut down Monday afternoon after an 18-wheeler carrying about 36,000 pounds of packaged oil caught fire. (Source: Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office)

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – On Monday, part of I-49 was shut down in Natchitoches Parish as police, firefighters, and hazmat crews worked to respond to a fire involving an 18-wheeler carrying thousands of pounds of packaged oil.

According to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office, it happened at 3:40 p.m. near milepost 112 south of Chopin, La. Deputies, Louisiana State Police and Natchitoches Parish Fire District 1 were on the scene.

There were no injuries reported, but NPSO says the big rig is carrying about 36,000 pounds of packaged oil. Natchitoches haz-mat crews were called in.

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