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.

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.