St. Charles Parish: Airline Hwy near Laplace closed after acid spill

June 20, 2013 | Updated: 6:06 p.m., June 20, 2013

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Airline Hwy closed after chemical spill (Photo from WGNO’s Patrick Thomas)

UPDATE: At about 2:45PM, LA DOTD reported that all lanes on US 61 have been opened.

St. Charles and St. John the Baptist Parish officials closed both directions of Airline Hwy following a hydrochloric acid spill near 1500 Airline Hwy in Laplace (click here for a map).

The DOTD reported that traffic going north on US 61 is being diverted at CC Road while southbound traffic must detour at LA 3217.
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On the St. Charles Parish Facebook page, officials say an area 1/4 of a mile around the spill site is being evacuated because the acid can irritate people’s lungs.