Posted: Nov 28, 2009 12:22 PM by Rob Kreiger/Brad Grantham
Updated: Nov 28, 2009 8:21 PM
Source: WBRZ News
A late morning accident on Interstate 10 left five dead and eight others in critical condition, according to Louisiana State Police.
The accident took place shortly after 11:30a.m., on I-10 Eastbound past the Highland Road exit, near the Ascension Parish line.
State police spokesman Doug Cain said two vehicles were traveling side-by-side in the west bound lane of the interstate Saturday morning when a tire apparently blew out on a mini van carrying 15 people. Those in the mini van (a White GMC Safari) are all believed to be related.
The van and a box-type delivery truck collided and crashed into the east bound lanes. The mini van rolled over several times.
According to an Acadian Ambulance spokesperson, 10 people were transported to area hospitals. Eight were transported to Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge, two were transported to Baton Rouge General on Bluebonnet in Baton Rouge. Acadian Ambulance sent seven ground units to the scene and one helicopter.
Four out of the five deceased were children. The names of the deceased and those injured have not been released at this time.
Traffic on I-10 eastbound was shut down for over three and a half hours.
News 2's Rob Krieger is on the scene and will have more on News 2 at 6:00pm.