Five people died in a head-on crash on Interstate 10 near LaPlace early Friday morning. According to Louisiana State Police, a Jeep Cherokee headed in the wrong direction on the elevated westbound interstate lanes struck another vehicle carrying four people around 3 am. Immediately following the initial crash, an 18-wheeler struck both vehicles and the Jeep burst into flames. Additionally, another westbound car struck the semi. Everyone involved in the head-on crash died at the scene while the drivers of the other two vehicles were treated for minor injuries. Due to the severity of the accident, police could not comment on whether those killed were male or female.
Prior to the crash, state police apparently received several reports of a Jeep traveling on the wrong side of the freeway. Unfortunately, officers were unable to reach the driver before the accident occurred. According to State Trooper Nick Manale, it is unclear why the Jeep was driving in the wrong direction on I-10. An autopsy will be conducted on the driver of the Jeep in order to determine whether drugs or alcohol were a factor in the deadly crash. Manale stated that although driver impairment may have factored into the crash, all possible causes are still under investigation. Westbound I-10 was closed for almost five hours following the crash.
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