Interstate 10, eastbound, between Lafayette and Baton Rouge
is shut down following an early morning wreck involving an 18-wheeler carrying
hazardous materials. The wreck resulted in minor injuries but both vehicles caught
fire following the collision. The truck was carrying the chemical toluene
diisocyanate, which is extremely flammable and poisonous. State police are estimating
the eastbound lane closure to last for another 10 to 12 hours as a hazardous materials
crew works to clear the site. State Police Public Information Officer Stephen
Lafargue says the westbound lane will also be closed for approximately two
hours at some point later today as an added precaution for while the remaining hazardous
chemicals are being offloaded and transported off the basin bridge. Police are directing Lafayette drivers traveling to Breaux Bridge of Henderson use the Breaux Bridge Highway. Drivers can take I-49
to Hwy. 190 east to get to Baton Rouge.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
There will soon be a whole lot of shakin’ going on at Benny’s Sportshack Supplement Depot, a new concept by Opelousas native Benny Nele. Located at 2002 Johnston St., the supplement shop, smoothie bar and café, featuring hot off the press paninis and wraps, plans to open in late May.