Louisiana State Police identified an Alexandria man as the deceased victim in a fiery I-10 crash.
The crash occurred as congestion slowed traffic around 5:30 pm. According to police, the driver of a Freightliner 18-wheeler failed to reduce speed as he approached the slower traffic. He struck the rear of a 2006 GMC Sierra, sending the Sierra off the side of the road. The semi continued forward, striking the rear of a 2004 Chevy Impala and pushing it into the back of another 18-wheeler. The momentum from the impact caused the second 18-wheeler to strike a 2004 Ford F-250.
The Impala was crushed between the two semis and a fire fully engulfed all three vehicles. The fire burned for about an hour and closed both sides of I-10; the Impala was unrecognizable when it was pulled from the wreckage. Its 26-year-old driver was pronounced dead at the scene; six other people in the chain-reaction crash sustained minor to moderate injuries.
State road inspectors said although the road was damaged due to the fire and the wreckage, it was safe for motorists. They said drivers will notice a burned patch of highway and the road may seem a little rough until repairs can be made.
The investigation is ongoing. Police will look into mechanical error, driver distraction, driver fatigue, or other driver negligence, but they do not believe driver impairment to be a factor in the crash. Charges are said to be pending in the wake of this crash.
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