KLFY News 10 reports on a fatal accident on I-10 that killed two and injured several others. The collision occurred at around 2 a.m. on Interstate 10 eastbound in West Baton Rouge Parish.
According to State Police, the crash occurred when traffic came to a stop on I-10 due to congestion resulting from a prior accident. The initial investigation revealed that Alex Willett, 55, failed to slow down and struck a 2016 Freightliner driven by Kimberly Mack, 48.
The impact caused Mack’s vehicle to rear-end a 2013 International driven by 53-year-old Bret Bay. Mack’s vehicle then overturned onto the median.
Bay’s vehicle rear-ended a 2016 International driven by Cleshown Weathersby, 30.
According to The Advocate, Willett and his passenger, 53-year-old John Mack, were pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries sustained in the collision. Several other parties suffered minor to moderate injuries.
Police do not suspect that impairment played a role in the accident.
This story is yet another tragic reminder that collisions on high-speed interstates can have devastating consequences. Besides the painful injuries and the heartache of losing a loved one, the cost of medical bills, lost wages, and other accident-related expenses can drain the savings of victims and their families.
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