One killed in New Orleans East crash

New Orleans, La.- Police are investigating a fatal crash that left a 23-year-old man dead in the 17000 block of Chef Menteur Highway Thursday morning.

It happened shortly before 6 a.m. when the victim was traveling in a white Chevrolet Lumina west bound on Chef Mentuer Highway in the left lane and as the driver began to slow down, preparing to make a left turn, he was struck in the rear by a tan Chevrolet Silverado that was traveling behind him.

Investigators say the Lumina was then pushed into the east bound lanes where it was struck again in the rear by a green Chevrolet Blazer traveling east bound.

The driver of a gray Nissan Maxima traveling behind the Blazer was able to maneuver his way through the wreckage, while only sustaining minor damages to his vehicle.

The victim in the Lumina was pronounced dead on the scene. His name of the is being withheld, pending notification of family members.

The driver in the Blazer was transported to the hospital where he was initially listed in critical condition, but is now listed in stable condition.

Police say blood and alcohol tests are pending and the crash remains under investigation.

No charges have been filed at this time.

The Orleans Parish Coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.