LAFAYETTE, La. (WAFB) - According to Louisiana State Police, one person is dead and three others have been injured after a two-vehicle crash on Interstate 10 westbound near Louisiana Avenue January 13.
State police confirm the two-vehicle fatal crash claimed the life of an unidentified driver.
The preliminary investigation by State Police revealed a deputy with the Iberville Parish Sheriff’s Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a stolen 2016 Dodge Charger in Iberville Parish.
The driver refused to stop and a chase began, continuing west into St. Martin and Lafayette Parishes.
Troopers attempted to stop the fleeing vehicle by deploying spike strips before the Charger made it to Lafayette.
The driver continued west and entered a highway construction zone where he struck a contractor work truck with three highway workers on board.
Immediately after the crash, the Charger became engulfed with flames with the unidentified driver trapped inside.
The driver of the Charger was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lafayette Parish Coroner’s Office.
The three workers were transported to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
Due to the severity of the crash, investigators were unable to obtain a toxicology sample from the driver of the Charger. A routine toxicology sample was obtained from the driver of the work truck and will be submitted for analysis.
The crash remains under investigation.
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