Drivers looking to reach Interstate 10 West off Hwy. 30 in Gonzales were forced to find an alternate route for most of the day Sunday, as a crash on the westbound I-10 entrance ramp there Sunday afternoon led to State Police and Gonzales Police closing the ramp because of hazardous materials being involved in the crash.


Drivers looking to reach Interstate 10 West off Hwy. 30 in Gonzales were forced to find an alternate route for most of the day Sunday, as a crash on the westbound I-10 entrance ramp there Sunday afternoon led to State Police and Gonzales Police closing the ramp because of hazardous materials being involved in the crash.

Hazardous materials experts from numerous area agencies then to secure an overturned tractor-trailer carrying sodium hydroxide, Trooper Johnnie Brown of State Police Troop A said.

A Freightliner truck hauling sodium hydroxide, commonly known as caustic soda, traveled west on Hwy. 30 and began making a left turn onto the westbound Interstate 10 entrance ramp. As the truck turned, the load shifted causing the vehicle to roll onto its right side. 

Gonzales Police closed the entrance ramp, while hazardous material teams from Louisiana State Police, Gonzales Fire Department, Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office and United Environmental Services transferred the sodium hydroxide to an undamaged tanker. After the transfer was complete, Trading Post heavy-duty wreckers set the vehicle upright.

The ramp was closed at around 2:30 p.m and re-opened at 10:25 p.m., Brown said.

The driver of the Freightliner, 25-year-old David Brown of Jackson, did not sustain injury. Brown is charged with Careless Operation by the Gonzales Police Department and Careless Handling of Hazardous Material by State Police.