5 Killed In Wrong-way Crash On I-10 In La.

Published February 10, 2012 12:09PM (EST)

LaPLACE, La. (AP) — Authorities say five people were killed when a driver going the wrong way crashed into another vehicle on Interstate 10 outside New Orleans.

Louisiana State Trooper Nick Manale says a driver was travelling eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-10 near LaPlace early Friday and crashed head-on with another vehicle with four inside. The car traveling the wrong way burst into flames. All five people died at the scene.

Manale says an 18-wheeler then sideswiped the wreck and another vehicle hit the 18-wheeler. The drivers of those vehicles suffered only minor injuries.

Manale says the westbound lanes of I-10 are closed and traffic is being diverted.

LaPlace is about 25 miles west of New Orleans.

By Salon Staff

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