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.