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Good Samaritan killed in Friday I-110 NB crash

5 years 4 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, January 07 2017 Jan 7, 2017 January 07, 2017 7:11 AM January 07, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

BATON ROUGE - A Good Samaritan was killed after trying to assist during a multi-car wreck Friday morning.

Baton Rouge Police traffic homicide detectives say two separate accidents occurred around 3:30 a.m. near the Convention Street exit of North I-110.

Detectives say a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling the wrong way down the north bound lanes of I-110 in the outside lane, striking a 2010 Ford Fusion head-on.

A Good Samaritan driving past stopped to help in that accident. Another volunteer, 44-year-old Joseph Burnette, did the same.

Burnette was then struck by an 18-wheeler traveling northbound in the outside lane, according to detectives. The Freightliner also struck the vehicles involved in the first accident.

The impact of the 18-wheeler pushed the Ford toward the guardrail, striking the rear of another car and crushing Burnette between the two.

Burnette was pronounced dead on scene.

Three other individuals who were on scene suffered life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital.

Alcohol and speed are not suspected as a factor for the driver of the Freightliner, according to detectives. They add impairment is suspected of the driver of the Mitsubishi involved in the first crash.

Traffic homicide detectives are still investigating.

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