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Traffic back to normal on U.S. 165 after truck wreck

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - Traffic is flowing again in the northbound lanes of Highway 165 in Monroe following an overnight closure on Friday and into early Saturday.

A fuel truck overturned on Martin Luther King Drive on Friday afternoon.  Police blocked off a 100 foot area around the crash site, causing the northbound lanes of Highway 165 to be closed. 

Fuel had to be transferred and transported from the overturned truck before the wreck could be cleared. 

The truck was finally moved and the lanes of the highway reopened at about 4 A.M. on Saturday.



MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - An overturned tractor trailer carrying gasoline will cause the northbound lanes of Highway 165 in Monroe to be closed beginning at 6:30 PM.

Albert Paxton from the Louisiana State Police says that the transfer of the fuel from the wrecked tanker to a new tanker could take some time.

Northbound traffic from Highway 165 to Interstate 20 Westbound is being diverted to Highway 165B near Richwood.  The Southbound lanes of Highway 165 will remain open during the transfer.

Also, Paxton says the Interstate 20 Westbound and Eastbound ramp will be closed during the transfer.

Millhaven Road at Highway 165 could also be shut down, but that will be at the discretion of Louisiana State Police.

The driver of the tanker truck was extricated from the truck and taken to the hospital.

Monroe Fire Department is spraying foam on a small leak, but Paxton says the accident could have been much worse.

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