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BATON ROUGE- A Motorist Assistance Patrol worker, killed on I-10 Monday told WBRZ News 2 in a previous story about his job that he loved helping people.

Jim Gilmer, 68, died when his specialized state vehicle hit him after it was rear-ended by an 18-wheeler. Gilmer was stopped in the center lane of I-10 over the Mississippi River, clearing debris on the highway.

"I enjoy it, it's nice to help people," Gilmer told WBRZ News 2 two years ago. "Most of them are nice and just need a helping hand," he said about the drivers who received his free help.

The program is a call-service of sorts for people stranded along the interstates in Louisiana.

"We're just very saddened about this whole incident that occurred this morning," said DOTD Secretary Sherri LeBas.

The crash closed westbound lanes of I-10 between the 10/110 split and LA 1 for hours Monday.

Baton Rouge is one of four Louisiana cities with MAP trucks on patrol, seven days a week. To learn more about MAP, click HERE.

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