Four-vehicle crash blocks Interstate 10

A four-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 at Perkins Road temporarily shut down the interstate from 8 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.

The crash occurred when the driver of a silver 2001 Chevy Malibu in the center westbound lane hit his brakes and lost control of his car while trying to avoid slowed or stopped traffic, police spokesman Sgt. Don Kelly said.

The driver of the Malibu, William Johnson, 30, 6630 Siegen Lane, went into the inside lane and hit a 2007 GMC truck pulling a trailer, knocking it into the center divider guardrail, Kelly said.

Johnson rebounded back into the center lane where he struck a sport utility vehicle, Kelly said. The collision with the SUV caused the Malibu to flip and strike another SUV, Kelly said.

The Malibu and the first SUV that was hit had to be removed by wreckers, Kelly said.

The second SUV and the GMC truck, driven by Christopher Graham, 25, 5711 Lake Shadow Drive, received minor damage, Kelly said.

No one was injured in the pileup, Kelly said.

Johnson was issued a citation for careless operation, Kelly said.

Hot extension cord blamed for blaze

An overloaded extension cord caused a fire Tuesday morning at a duplex on Kentucky Street, according to a Fire Department news release.

The call reporting the fire at 2028 Kentucky St., Apt. B came at 6:12 a.m., the news release said.

No one was injured, the news release said.

The fire, which started in the bedroom, damaged the back of the apartment and caused smoke damage throughout, the news release said.

Apartment A also had some smoke damage, the news release said.

Compiled from staff reports. To talk to a crime reporter at The Advocate, call (225) 388-0369.