NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The driver of a van swerved to avoid an alligator on I-10 East, police say, causing an accident that left one man dead.
The accident happened just after 4 a.m. Friday on I-10 East near Michoud Boulevard.
Officers believe that a van was traveling eastbound in the center lane of the highway when the driver swerved to avoid a 5-foot alligator on the road. As the van swerved, it was rear-ended by a second vehicle, New Orleans police say.
The driver of the second vehicle, identified only as a male, was killed in the accident.
Two individuals, the driver of the van and a passenger in the second car, were taken to the hospital for treatment.
Little information is known at this time. Additional information to follow.