UPDATE: Louisiana State Police have released new information on a fiery crash that killed four people in south Louisiana Saturday afternoon.
Initial on-scene evidence and Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that traffic was stopped or slowing to a stop on I-12 east at LA 21 due to congestion. An 18-wheeler, hauling avocados, was traveling in the right lane on I-12 approaching the traffic congestion. For unknown reasons, the 18-wheeler was unable to stop and started a chain reaction crash with nine other vehicles. The 18-wheeler jackknifed during the crash and caught fire, along with three other vehicles. The driver of the 18-wheeler died on the scene and positive identification has yet to be confirmed.
During the crash, a 2014 Lexus IS 350 was struck by the 18-wheeler. The driver and passenger, Yoland Simmons and Keland Simmons of Baton Rouge, were pronounced dead on the scene. A 1997 Toyota 4-Runner was also struck by the 18-wheeler and the driver, Rachel Lehmann of Mandeville, was taken to the hospital where she later died.
ORIGINAL: Louisiana State Police say multiple people were killed in crash on I-12 East in St. Tammany Parish.
State Police said two 18-wheelers were involved in the wreck and caught fire. One truck was carrying avocados and another lemon juice. They said the wreck occurred on a bridge and involved other cars.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Troop L is currently investigating a fatal crash involving several vehicles on I-12 east at LA 21. #I12 east is closed at that location. Please avoid the area & take alternate routes, & use https://t.co/t3DMRxiNAs for road advisories.https://t.co/5TqEts3O7y pic.twitter.com/E483tdTLRW— LA State Police (@LAStatePolice) May 26, 2018