RAMAH — A 50-year-old Lafayette man was killed around 4 a.m. Friday while trying to avoid an earlier crash involving two 18-wheelers along Interstate 10.
Alton Ortego was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries he sustained when his 2003 Ford Escape crashed into the back of one of the 18-wheelers, Trooper 1st Class Bryan Lee said in a news release.
Lee said Ortego was trying to drive around the two trucks, which were stopped in the right eastbound lane of the interstate. Lee said the two 18-wheelers had their emergency triangles positioned along the interstate leading up to their vehicles.
As he approached the first 18-wheeler, Lee said, Ortego veered his vehicle into the left lane to avoid hitting it and crashed into the second 18-wheeler when he steered back into the right lane.
The driver of the second 18-wheeler, Charles Spotts, 53, of Leakesville, Mississippi, was treated for moderate injuries, Lee said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of incorrect information provided by Louisiana State Police, an earlier version of this story misspelled Ortego’s last name.