UPDATE: Mother & son among four killed in south Louisiana crash

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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. 

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