While a significant amount of the nation’s attention has been focused on the tragic bus accident that occurred in New York City, another fatal accident has occurred closer to home that deserves our attention and we’re not the only ones stating this at Michigan Legal. On Sunday night a multiple car accident that ended in fire occurred on Interstate 10 near Highland Road in Baton Rouge. Five people were killed in the four vehicle car accident.
Around 8 p.m. this past Sunday night, a 2001 Mercedes SUV and a 2005 GMC pickup truck were traveling west on Interstate 10 when for an unknown reason the two vehicles collided according to the preliminary investigation. The impact of the two vehicles caused the pickup truck to cross the center of the road.
As the truck rotated across the road, it struck the trailer of a 2008 Peterbilt truck. The GMC pickup truck traveled further and struck a 1997 Acura head on. The impact from the collision of the pickup and the car left the Acura completely stopped on the Interstate. The car then caught on fire. The GMC came to a rest on the shoulder of the Interstate.
The 24-year-old driver of the Mercedes SUV was not injured during the crash and neither was the 60-year-old driver of the Peterbilt semi-truck. The driver of the GMC pickup was a 29-year-old and he suffered injuries during the crash. His 28-year-old passenger also suffered injuries during the crash and both were taken to a local hospital in Baton Rouge.
Tragically, the occupants of the Acura were killed during the multiple vehicle accident. A 29-year-old mother of three as well as her 29-year-old passenger perished during the crash. The mother’s three children also died during the accident. The ages of the three children were 3, 7 and 11. The cause of the accident is still unknown.