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Interstate reopens 2 days after deadly crash

August 28, 2019

BUTTE LA ROSE, La. (AP) — The Interstate 10 westbound bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin in Louisiana has reopened, two days after a fiery fatal crash involving chemical tankers, cargo trucks and a passenger vehicle.

News outlets report the eastbound lanes reopened early Tuesday. Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development spokesman Rodney Mallett says the westbound bridge reopened shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

The transportation department conducted a safety inspection of the bridge once the wreckage was removed. Inspectors found no damage under the bridge and declared it structurally sound and safe for drivers to travel. Officials, however, say some minor repairs are needed.

One person was killed in the crash and five others were injured.

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