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State Police release details of I-10 chase that ended in fiery fatal crash

Posted at 10:57 AM, Jan 14, 2021

Louisiana State Police have released details on a two-vehicle fatal crash on Wednesday that resulted in one fatality.

State Police says that on January 13, 2021, shortly after 8:30 p.m., Troopers responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on I-10 westbound near Louisiana Avenue. The crash claimed the life of an unidentified driver.

An investigation by State Police revealed a deputy with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a stolen 2016 Dodge Charger in Iberville Parish. The driver allegedly refused to stop and a pursuit ensued, continuing west into St. Martin and Lafayette Parishes.

Troopers say they attempted to stop the fleeing vehicle by deploying spike strips before the Charger entered Lafayette. The driver continued west and entered a highway construction zone where he struck a contractor work truck with three highway workers on board.

Immediately after the crash, the Charger became engulfed in flames with the unidentified driver trapped inside, a release states.

The driver of the Charger was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office. The three workers were transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.

Due to the severity of the crash, State Police says that investigators were unable to obtain a toxicology sample from the driver of the Charger.

A routine toxicology sample was obtained from the driver of the work truck and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

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