Louisiana State Police on Thursday identified the person killed in a fiery, five-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 eastbound west of La. 415 that resulted in an hours-long closure the day before.
Ronald Allen, 26, of Alexandria, was killed in the crash, State Police said in a news release.
One person died and Interstate 10 was closed in both directions for hours Wednesday evening …
State Police said the crash occurred as congestion slowed traffic on I-10 eastbound around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. A 2016 Freightliner 18-wheeler, driven by 48-year-old Harvey Harris of Sheridan, Arkansas, failed to reduce speed as it approached the slower traffic, State Police said.
Harvey’s vehicle struck the rear of a 2006 GMC Sierra driven by a 70-year-old California resident. The Sierra traveled off the right side of the roadway after impact as Harvey’s vehicle continued forward, striking the rear of a 2004 Chevrolet Impala.
The Impala, driven by Allen, was pushed into the back of a 2014 Kenworth 18-wheeler and crushed between the two 18-wheelers, causing a fire that fully engulfed all three vehicles, State Police said.
The momentum from the impact caused the second 18-wheeler to continue eastbound, striking a 2004 Ford F-250.
Allen was pronounced dead at the scene. Six other people sustained minor to moderate injuries, State Police said on Wednesday.
Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. Charges in the crash are pending, State Police said.
The crash closed I-10 in both directions for hours Wednesday evening. All lanes had reopened by 11:30 p.m., but congestion did not clear until nearly 1 a.m. Thursday.
On Thursday morning, one lane of I-10 eastbound was closed again for debris removal. All lanes had reopened shortly after 7:30 a.m.
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