NATCHITOCHES PARISH, La. (KTAL/KMSS) – Part of I-49 is shut down in Natchitoches Parish as police, firefighters, and hazmat crews work 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 are on the scene.
There are no injuries reported, but NPSO says the big rig is carrying about 36,000 pounds of packaged oil. Natchitoches haz-mat crews have been called in.
The northbound lanes of I-49 are currently closed and the sheriff’s office says those who may be traveling through the area should drive carefully, avoid distractions and expect a delay.