Two people killed in separate crashes on the Northshore

Two people killed in separate crashes on the Northshore

(WVUE) - Louisiana State Police say they are investigating two separate crashes on the Norhshore that has claimed the lives of two people Wednesday morning.

State Police say the first crash happened at 1 a.m. on Interstate 59 near the Interstate 10/12/59 interchange in Slidell.

According to investigators, 49-year-old Leonard C. Lebell was driving his 2006 Chrysler 300 in the right lane southbound on I-59 when he crashed into the rear of a Tractor-Trailer. State Police believe Lebell was attempting to overtake the Tractor-Trailer at the time. After the crash, Lebell's vehicle caught fire and became engulfed in flames. Lebell was later pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Tammany Parish Coroner's Office.

As part of the ongoing investigation, blood samples were collected and will be sent to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

The second crash happened around 2:40 a.m. on I-55 south of LA 440 in Tangipahoa.

Based on the State Police's initial investigation, 51-year-old Joni Dianne Magee was driving a 2000 Toyota Pick-Up truck northbound on I-55 in the right lane when she was hit from behind by a 2016 Freigtliner Tractor-Trailer driven by 29-year-old Dustin Curran of Halls, Tennessee.

Investigators say the impact caused Magee's vehicle to go off of the right side of the roadway where it overturned and hit several trees.

State Police say none of the occupants inside of the pick-up truck were properly restrained at the time of the crash.

The front seat passenger, 29-year-old Grace Dianne Magee, was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.

The driver, Joni Magee and two other passengers, including a nine-month-old child, suffered minor injuries in the crash.

As part of the investigation, blood and urine samples were taken from Joni Magee and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

State Police say both crashes remain under investigation.

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