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Fatal crash involving 18-wheeler I-10 W to Lake Charles

I-10 West fatal crash Calcasieu 7/30
Posted at 5:16 PM, Jul 30, 2021

UPDATED: — At 4: 15 P.M. Friday afternoon, Troop D received reports of an accident on I-10 westbound about four miles east of Lake Charles.

Trooper Derek Sengal with Troop D updated KATC that an accident occurred when a 2012 Freightliner 18-wheeler reared a BMW in the outside lane of I-10 W near Iowa and Lake Charles.

It was reported that the 18-wheeler approached the slower moving BMW and hit the rear, causing both vehicles to travel into the outside tree line, Senegal said.

Police say other vehicles were able to take evasive actions and maneuver around the BMW upon impact.

Video submitted to KATC by Cristina Moreno below:

Air-med was present to transport the passenger of the BMW to a local Lafayette hospital.

The driver of the BMW was pronounced dead at the scene.

Seat belt usage on the part of the driver and the passenger in the BMW is unknown due to the severity of the crash, they say.

The driver of the 18-wheeler sustained moderate injuries.

Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation, according to the Louisiana State Police news release.

KATC will update as more information becomes available.

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