Investigation underway after deadly tow truck crash in Mid-City

Published: Oct. 3, 2016 at 7:27 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 3, 2016 at 8:05 PM CDT
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NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a tow truck to crash into pedestrians, killing three and injuring another. It happened Sunday just before 5 p.m. at Tulane and South Carrollton avenues.

We spoke with a witness who ran to help the victims.

"The people that was standing over there, they disappeared. The dust and everything was in the air. I wonder what happen, so I went over there and what I saw was a total disaster," Tyrone Lambert said.

The NOPD said for unknown reasons, a tow truck traveling river-bound on Tulane Avenue lost control and crossed into the northbound lane. The truck then hit four pedestrians, drove through a fence and into the parking lot of the Mid-City Shopping Center, striking four cars. Three people were killed. A fourth pedestrian and the tow truck driver were taken to the hospital.

"We've got to find out what the truths are and position the people the way we need. Once we finish doing our 3-D scan of the entire area of this particular crash, we'll go back and be able to pinpoint exactly where we think and what happened," said NOPD traffic investigator Lt. Anthony Micheu.

On Monday, we talked with people catching the bus just feet away from where the crash happened.

"It's frightening, you know? it could have been me, but I thank God it wasn't," Oranell Lane said.

The identities of the driver and the victims have not yet been released. We reached out to the tow truck company, but they have not returned our call.

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