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Interstate 12 near Hammond, La., is open against after a deadly accident involving two 18-wheelers on the Northshore backed traffic up eastbound near the Robert Exit for several morning commute hours.

According to a State Police Troop L Spokesman, an 18-wheeler was trying to merge onto the highway from the shoulder when another 18-wheeler struck it from behind. The second rig lost control and ran off the road, crashing into a tree.

The driver was killed and a passenger was injured. The driver of the first 18-wheeler was not injured.

The deceased driver was identified as 29 year old Aleksander Nyamtsu from Gresham, OR.

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