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GROSSE TETE – Two people were killed in a four-vehicle accident early Monday on Interstate 10 eastbound east of here, according to Louisiana State Police.

The 2 a.m. crash took the lives of Alex Willett, 55, of Orange, Texas, and his passenger, John Mack, 53, of Beaumont, Texas, said State Police spokesman Senior Trooper Bryan Lee.

The initial investigation indicates the crash occurred as eastbound traffic came to a stop due to congestion from a previous crash, Lee said in a news release. For reasons still under investigation, Willett failed to reduce the speed of his 2016 Peterbilt truck as he approached the stopped traffic in the right lane.

Willett’s vehicle struck the rear of a 2016 Freightliner driven by Kimberly Mack, 48, of Asheville, North Carolina. The impact pushed that vehicle forward into the rear of a 2013 International driven by Bret Bay, 53, of Niceville, Florida.

Kimberly Mack’s vehicle then overturned and came to rest in the median, Lee said. Bay’s vehicle was pushed forward into the rear of a 2016 International driven by Cleshown Weathersby, 30, of Houston, Texas.

Willet and John Mack were pronounced dead at the scene by the West Baton Rouge Parish Coroner’s Office, Lee said. The other parties involved sustained minor to moderate injuries. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash, but a toxicology sample will be taken from all drivers for analysis.