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UPDATE: State Police release names of victims in fatality

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UPDATE: State Police have identified the three people who died in a crash on Interstate 10 yesterday.

The Mazda that crossed the median last night was driven by 21-year-old Tugbanur Karatas, State Police say.  Karatas, along with two other female occupants, 22-year-old Ozge Nur Mollaahmetoglu and 21-year-old Didem Deniz, all of Austin, Texas, were killed in the crash.

A male passenger in the vehicle, 25-year-old Faith Turhan, was transported from the scene with serious injuries.

The occupants of the Mazda are Turkish nationals with U.S. visas.  The crash remains under investigation.


JEFF DAVIS PARISH --Three people were killed and two more were injured in a afternoon crash on I-10 between Welsh and Lacassine. According to State Police the two-vehicle crash occurred when one vehicle crossed the median and struck another head on. 

Troopers responded to the scene east of Lacassine shortly after 5:00 p.m. The investigation revealed that a 2008 Mazda 3 was traveling east on I-10 when, for unknown reasons, it crossed the median and entered into oncoming traffic. The vehicle struck a westbound 2017 Ram heavy duty truck, that troopers say was pulling a trailer, head-on. 

Three people riding in the Mazda were pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson Davis Parish Coroner's Office. A fourth passenger in the Mazda was transported to a hospital with serious injuries. According to troopers the names of those involved are being withheld until next of kin are notified. 

The driver of the Ram truck, identified by troopers as 56-year-old Paul Albert of Lafayette was transported to Lafayette General Hospital with serious injuries. 

Toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers and have been submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation by State Police.

The crash caused I-10 Westbound to be closed for two and a half hours. 

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