UPDATE, 5/22/23, 11:51 A.M.: The victim has been identified as Mariano Gonzalez, 57 of Texas. The crash is still under investigation.
UPDATE 5/21/23: The frontage road between Pont Des Mouton and Gloria Switch is now open. All lanes of traffic are open.
LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) – An 18-wheeler was on fire on 200 North I-49, which resulted in a fatality, according to Lafayette Police.
Police said the 18-wheeler collided with an un-occupied abandoned vehicle that was parked on the shoulder of the roadway.
The driver of the 18-wheeler died as a result.
The left lane of I-49 North, between Pont Des Mouton Road and Gloria Switch Road, is now open to traffic. The right lane of I-49 North and the northbound frontage road, between Pont Des Mouton Road and Gloria Switch Road, are still closed to traffic until further notice.
Information is limited at this time, more will be updated when released.