LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) - A Laplace woman killed in a fiery crash on I- 310 yesterday was lovingly remembered by her extensive family in Laplace Friday.
Chalanta Brown, 44, was a mother of two who loved to drive trucks. She was a veteran truck driver who worked part-time for Uber, but Chalanta Brown was much more.
Brown was killed in a fiery crash and explosion on I-310 Thursday that shut down the interstate all day.
"Had just talked to her when this happened. I lost it. They sent me to the hospital," said her mother, Barbara Jean Sylvester.
Brown, a driver for Kass Brothers Construction, was one of seven children. She was pronounced dead on the scene after a Gaubert Oil truck loaded with gasoline slammed into her truck filled with dirt, causing a huge explosion with flames that shot hundreds of feet into the air. State Police said her truck was moving slowly on the busy interstate near Hahnville at the time of the crash.
"What we heard yesterday was tragic for my family," said her brother, Labaron Sylvester.
Her family says she had an extensive educational background but chose to drive trucks because that's what she loved.
"As small as she was she would just jump in an 18-wheeler and loved it," said her mother.
Family members said they would normally gather for a fish fry on Good Friday, but instead they talk about a life which they say was well-lived.
"She was the best mother in the world, there's nobody who can compete with my mother. God gave me the best," said her son, Bobby.
Brown's family said there's no animosity toward the other driver.
"The guy in the hospital, I hope he's feeling better. With a grudge, I get further and further from God," said her mother.
Glenn Robichaux of Gheens drove a truck for Gaubert Oil and is now recovering at a burn unit in Baton Rouge.
"We hope the young man is doing better. We don't have no hard feelings or anything," said Labaron.
Chalanta's mother said she will miss her daily talks with her daughter. Now she plans a funeral for a daughter who she says had a zest for life and her large Laplace family.
Kass Brothers Construction issued a statement, saying: "Her loss is felt by all at Kass, and her dedication to her work will remain an inspiration."
Brown's funeral arrangements are still being worked out.