A fiery crash involving four 18-wheelers and a car claimed the life of one person and closed a stretch of Interstate 10 westbound near the Breaux Bridge exit for most of Monday.
The driver of an of 18-wheeler, Kelvin Deglandon Jr., 37, of Mandeville, died as a result of injuries suffered during the crash, according to Breaux Bridge Assistant Police Chief Terry Latiolais.
At least four other people involved in the wreck were treated for minor injuries at a local hospital, Latiolais said.
Westbound lanes of I-10 between Henderson and Breaux Bridge were closed for the most of the day. Traffic was diverted at La. 415 to U.S. 190 in West Baton Rouge Parish.
One lane of traffic reopened around 5 p.m. Monday as crews continued working to clear debris from the roadway.
The wreck happened just after 8 a.m. on I-10 east of Breaux Bridge at mile marker 110.7, just before a construction zone along the route. All of the vehicles involved were traveling in the westbound lanes of I-10 when the crash occurred, but details of what happened are still being investigated, Latiolais said.
An 18-wheeler caught fire as a result of the wreck but was extinguished quickly by responding emergency personnel. The interstate was littered with hundreds of packages of toilet paper, which were being transported by an 18-wheeler, as authorities worked to clear the scene.
The Breaux Bridge Police Department is handling the crash investigation with the assistance of Louisiana State Police Troop I, the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office and the St. Martin Parish Fire Department.