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Man killed in five-vehicle accident on I-10

Rush hour traffic can be a headache to say the least. No one wants to be stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic at the end of a long workday. However, it is important to pay attention when traffic becomes congested. As one deadly accident shows, the failure to react properly to a slowdown in traffic can have disastrous results.

A 26-year-old man was killed in an accident involving five vehicles. The accident took place in West Baton Rouge Parish on Interstate 10 around 5:30 p.m. A semi-truck being operated by a 48-year-old man did not slow down when traffic became congested. He hit a GMC Sierra operated by a 70-year-old man from behind. That vehicle was forced off the highway. The semi-truck then went on to strike the victim's car from behind. The crash then forced the victim's car into the rear of a second semi-truck. After being trapped between the two semi-trucks, the victim's vehicle along with the semi-trucks caught on fire. The second semi-truck did go on to hit a pickup truck.

The victim passed away at the scene of the crash. The other individuals involved were also injured, but they survived. It is not thought at this point that alcohol or drugs played a role in the accident. However, each motorist will provide a toxicology sample and the accident is still being investigated.

As this shows, it is important to pay attention to the flow of traffic. The failure to slow down when traffic slows down can cause devastating accidents, such as this one. When so many vehicles are involved in an accident, liability can become complicated. Therefore, if a person has been killed in a multi-vehicle car accident, that person's loved ones may want to discuss the situation with an attorney, who can help them decide how to proceed.

Source: KALB, "Alexandria man killed in fiery 5 vehicle crash in West Baton Rouge Parish," April 20, 2017

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