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State Police identify highway worker killed in I-10 crash

Posted at 4:00 PM, May 22, 2019

State Police have released the name of the construction worker killed on I-10 Basin Bridge in Iberville Parish.

Troopers say that Wednesday morning, they began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on I-10 westbound near the Whiskey Bay exit. The crash claimed the life of 48-year-old Andres Torres of Land O’ Lakes, FL.

Officials say revealed that the crash occurred shortly before 5:00 am as Torres was attaching an arrow board traffic control sign to the rear of a company pickup truck in the westbound lanes of I-10. The left lane had been closed overnight for construction, and crews were in the process of opening the lane.

At the same time, a vehicle was traveling westbound on I-10 when for reasons still under investigation, the vehicle struck the rear of the arrow board sign and Torres.

Torres sustained serious injuries and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge for treatment, to which he ultimately succumbed.

The driver of the vehicle was properly restrained and sustained only minor injuries.

This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending. There is no further information at this time.


UPDATE: According to WBRZ, an employee working for a Department of Transportation and Development contractor was killed Wednesday morning after a vehicle collided with equipment along the roadway.

DOTD says tells WBRZ that the work zone is on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge where contract workers are conducting joint repairs during “non-peak driving hours.”

During Work Zone Awareness Week, DOTD placed orange cones outside of their headquarters to bring awareness to the number of deaths in work zones. To read more on that memorial, click below.

Orange cones on DOTD lawn highlight deaths in work zones


Louisiana State Police Troop A says they responded to a fatal crash on I-10 westbound in Iberville Parish on Wednesday morning.

Courtesy DOTD

The crash occurred at milepost 134 just past Ramah. Troopers did not release details about the crash.

Both lanes of travel have been opened. One lane was blocked temporarily while crews cleared the scene. Congestion had reportedly reached approximately 10 miles.