UPDATE 3: Interstate 20 open between Minden, Hwy. 531

UPDATE 3: As of 10 a.m., I-20 between La. Hwy. 531 and exit 47 (Minden/Sibley) has reopened.

UPDATE 2: At 8 a.m. today, Minden Fire Chief Brian Williams said a minimum of 2 hours and maximum 3 hours before Interstate 20 will reopen.

UPDATE: At 6:45 a.m., traffic on I-20 is still being diverted to other routes, mostly Hwy. 80. Workers and residents in the area have been evacuated.


By Bonnie Culverhouse

A portion of Interstate 20 east and westbound is closed as of 1:30 a.m. today and will be closed several hours, according to Minden Police Chief Jared McIver.

An 18-wheeler overturned on the eastbound side near the Hwy. 531 exit in the early hours. Two other vehicles were involved, however, the chief said there were no serious injuries.

“The truck was carrying an oxygen displacement chemical and will require hours and hours of clean up,” McIver said. “Minden Fire Department is on the scene, Louisiana State Police and Hazmat.”

Traffic between exit 47 (Minden/Sibley) to exit 52 is being diverted to U.S. Hwy. 80.

More information will be forthcoming.