All lanes of Interstate 10 near the Louisiana state line reopened late Wednesday night after crews cleaned up a corrosive material that spilled from an overturned 18-wheeler on Mississippi 607. That highway is still closed.
Westbound lanes of I-10 in Hancock County were shut down about 1 p.m. as well, after the big rig overturned. I-10 at Exit 2 reopened after an hour, but Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Benjamin Seibert said a wind shift to the south caused officials to shut down westbound lanes again. At 8:45 p.m., Seibert said eastbound lanes also were shut down.
By Thursday morning, crews were able to contain the chemical spill close to the original area of the accident. Seibert said Mississippi 607 northbound will be closed for some time while crews work to clean the area.
The 18-wheeler was hauling dimethylaminopropylamine, he said. The clear, colorless liquid is considered corrosive and would damage skin and eyes. It's used to make products such as liquid soap and fabric softener.
SunHerald.com will update this report as more information becomes available.