Early-morning I-20 crash claims life

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Fatal I-20 crash

Shreveport Police Crash investigators are continuing their probe into an early-morning fatal crash along Interstate-20 that claimed the life of a south Louisiana driver.

Murray W. Massel, 65, of Ponchatoula, in south Louisiana, was killed in the collision that occurred in n the westbound lanes of I-20 at Industrial Loop.

According to Shreveport Police, they were dispatched just after 2:45 a.m. Saturday relative to a crash involving a tractor trailer and a pickup truck. 

When they arrived at the crash site, officers learned Massel, who was driving a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup truck, rear-ended a 2016 International big rig pulling a trailer. 

The driver of the pickup truck was killed on scene, while the driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.

Based on roadway evidence and statements from witnesses, it appears the driver of the Dodge was traveling west along Interstate 20 and for unknown reasons, plowed into the back of the 18-wheeler’s trailer. 

Crash investigators have not yet determined what led to the tragic accident; however, they are continuing their inquiry. 

An autopsy on Massel is scheduled at University Health, according to the Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office.

The crash remains under investigation.   

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