Maurice woman killed in four vehicle I-10 wreck
RAMAH - Louisiana State Police said the person who died in an interstate wreck near Ramah Tuesday morning was a Maurice woman who founded a statewide support organization for law enforcement officers and their spouses.
Troopers said 33-year-old Tracy Franques died in the multi-vehicle wreck on I-10 East near Ramah shortly before 7 a.m. The wreck caused authorities to close the interstate for several hours while they investigated and cleared debris, backing traffic up for more than 13 miles at one point.
LSP said Franques was stopped because of congestion from another wreck when a box truck swerved into her lane and hit her from behind. Troopers said the box truck pushed her sedan into the back of the vehicle in front of her, which was then pushed into the back of an 18-wheeler.
Investigators said Franques was wearing her seat belt but died at the scene. She founded the Louisiana Law Enforcement Support organization, which posted a tribute to her late Tuesday and said she was instrumental in raising money for injured officers or families of those killed in the line of duty.
Troopers took toxicology samples from all the drivers at the scene for further analysis. They said the box truck driver was given a breathalyzer test but showed no signs of intoxication.
Troopers said the crash remains under investigation and will be referred to the Iberville Parish Attorney's Office. Charges relating to the wreck are pending.