NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - A 28-year-old man is dead and his 32-year-old passenger is in critical condition following a Monday morning accident on I-10 West at the Downman Roan on-ramp.
The accident closed the highway to westbound traffic for nearly five hours Monday morning. All lanes have since re-opened.
The accident happened around 1 a.m. Monday, closing the highway until around 6 a.m.
Officers say that the 28-year-old driver was traveling westbound when he collided with the back of an 18-wheeler trailer traveling in the center lane.
Paramedics arriving on the scene transported the driver and his passenger to the hospital. The unidentified 28-year-old driver was pronounced dead. The passenger, identified only as a 32-year-old man, is listed in critical condition.
Blood and alcohol tests are pending and the investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.