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, closing the westbound lanes for nearly five hours.
Louisiana State Trooper Nick Manale says a driver was traveling 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 troopers had received reports of the wrong way driver just before the accident occurred.