A truck accident earlier this month on Interstate 60 in New Orleans killed one woman and injured more than a dozen others. The accident happened when a dump truck struck one vehicle resulting in a chain reaction with 11 other vehicles. Authorities charged the dump truck driver, a 30-year-old male, with manslaughter. Investigators believe speed was a factor in the multi-vehicle accident.
Witnesses to the accident say they heard the sound of cars colliding and debris shooting into the air. They ran to the interstate and saw the injured drivers stuck in their vehicles.
The victim is a 76-year-old woman, and three of the 17 injured are reportedly in critical condition. The collision occurred around 5 p.m. on 1-610 eastbound near the Elysian Fields ramp. Authorities closed all lanes of the highway and re-opened them at 9:45 p.m. The Orleans Parish Coroner will perform an autopsy to determine the victim’s exact cause of death. Blood and alcohol tests on the truck driver are still pending.
Automobiles and heavy trucks fill the interstate traveling at high speeds. Collisions at high speeds can be catastrophic and fatal. Contact a New Orleans accident lawyer if you suffer injuries in an automobile accident. An experienced New Orleans accident attorney can help you pursue a claim to recover financial compensation for your injuries.