18-wheeler flips after hit-and-run, closes I-10 East and West at Veterans

METAIRIE - I-10 Eastbound and westbound were closed for hours this morning at Veterans due to a crash involving an 18-wheeler and a box truck.

Officials say the semi and a box truck collided just before 6:00 a.m.

The 18-wheeler caught fire initially, and then flames were appearing from the box truck, which went over the side into the canal.

A silver Grand Marquis was reported to have been involved in the initial collision, but the vehicle drove away from the scene, according to the Louisiana State Police.

A damaged vehicle matching the description was located in Metairie this afternoon, and Troopers are investigating whether or not the vehicle was involved in the crash.

Traffic was backed up in both directions approaching that area.

Eastbound traffic was diverted at Williams Blvd, while westbound traffic was forced to exit at Clearview.

Expect additional delays and congestion on surface streets in the area.

Stay with WGNO News for the latest on this developing story.