Victim in deadly I-10 crash identified

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ST. MARTIN PARISH, La. (KLFY)- A Florida man was killed Monday afternoon in a fiery crash on the Basin Bridge, State Police said.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on August 26, 2019, Louisiana State Police Troop I responded to a multi-vehicle fatal crash on I-10 west approximately four miles east of Butte La Rose. The crash killed 31-year-old Christopher McGee of Youngstown, Florida.

The initial investigation revealed there was a separate single vehicle crash which resulted in that vehicle becoming disabled in the roadway. As westbound traffic slowed for this crash, three 18-wheelers and several passenger vehicles began a chain reaction crash.

McGee was operating a 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer which became engulfed in flames.

He suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene. Several injuries ranging from minor to moderate were reported from other drivers and occupants involved, and some were taken to local hospitals.

This crash remains under investigation, and no further information is available at this time.

The westbound lanes of I-10 remain closed as of 11 a.m. on August 27, 2019, for emergency crews to remove vehicles and debris from the roadway. LA DOTD will inspect the bridge before the westbound lanes are reopened, State Police said.

For updated information on this interstate closure please visit www.511la.org

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