18 wheeler accident on I-49 near Cheneyville exit

Published: May. 22, 2018 at 11:28 AM CDT
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Early Tuesday morning, an 18 wheeler crashed on I-49 near the south mile marker 56.

Details of the accident are limited, but News Channel 5 was told that the Cheneyville Fire Department, State Police, D.E.Q. and Hazmat were on the scene since 3:00 a.m.

The driver of the 18 wheeler had moderate injuries and was sent to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The material inside the vehicle is a crude oil material and is being extracted into another tank. All fire personnel are on standby as static electricity or friction can cause an explosion.

Northbound and southbound lanes on I-49 are closed at this time going both directions.