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Two killed in fiery crash on I-12

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UPDATE 8:26 P.M. -- FOX 8 News received this press release from Louisiana State Police Wednesday evening:

Lacombe, LA – Shortly before 11:00 this morning, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash involving a 2010 Freightliner 18 wheeler.  The crash took place on Interstate 12 approximately two miles west of the LA 434 exit in St. Tammany Parish.

Troopers' preliminary investigation revealed that the Freightliner was traveling east in the right lane of Interstate 12 when, for unknown reasons, it drifted off road to the right.  As the 18 wheeler left the paved roadway, it traveled for approximately 300 feet along the grass shoulder before entering the tree line and impacting several trees with its front end.  After impact, the Freightliner jack-knifed and became engulfed in flames trapping the three adult passengers in the cab portion of the vehicle.  Witnesses to the crash were able to successfully remove one of the passengers; however, the remaining two occupants were not able to be located due to the extent of the fire.

The rescued passenger was transported to University Medical Center in New Orleans with critical injuries.  The two remaining passengers were pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.  Seatbelt use and driver impairment is unknown at this time.

Due to the fire, medical investigators with the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office are actively working towards the positive identification of the deceased passengers through forensic examination.  The identities of the three occupants will be released upon identification and family notifications.

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, troopers urge the public to remain vigilant while driving, never drive while fatigued, and avoid distracting activities, especially the temptations of electronic devices that can substantially divert a driver's attention away from the road.

Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police.

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Lacombe, La. - Two people are dead and another injured after a fiery crash involving an 18-wheeler on Interstate 12 in Lacombe.

The accident happened around 11:00 a.m. when the truck, heading east, left the roadway and slammed into a line of trees.  

According to Fire Chief Charles Flynn of St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 3, three people were inside the cab of the truck. Two people who were in the sleeper compartment died. The driver, who was burned over half of his body, was rescued by bystanders and transported by ambulance to University Hospital in New Orleans.

The driver, who is still unidentified, is reportedly from North Carolina.  His condition is unknown. There is no information on the names of the two people who were killed inside the sleeper compartment.  

The accident happened about a mile west of the Lacombe exit. Flynn says it's unknown what caused the truck to veer off the road.

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