I-10 west open again after wrong way driver causes accidents

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Posted on October 14, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Updated Monday, Oct 14 at 2:45 PM

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LAPLACE, La. - All lanes of I-10 headed west were reopened around 2:30 p.m. Monday, nearly 12 hours after a series of accidents shut down the span and snarled the morning commute for hundreds of drivers.

According to State Police, the crash was caused when a driver, identified as 35-year-old Michael Gomez of Texas, drover his SUV headed the wrong way on the westbound I-10.

The SUV struck an 18-wheeler, causing the large truck to overturn and then catch on fire. The driver of the truck was injured and was tken to the hospital.

The SUV continued eastbound in the direction of another 18-wheeler, which jacknifed and then overturned as it tried to avoid the SUV.

The driver of the second truck had minor injuries.

Another accident occurred on the span during the incident when a vehicle struck the back of an 18-wheeler.

Gomez was arrested and is being held at the St. Charles Parish jail, according to State Police.

 

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