NEW ORLEANS — A woman is dead after several cars collided Sunday morning on the I-10 eastbound near the I-510, temporarily closing the I-10 East from I-510 to US Highway 11.
First responders arrived at the scene minutes before 4 a.m. to find three cars involved in the collision.
Investigators at the scene said a sedan driving east on the I-10 struck an SUV's passenger side. The SUV crashed into the center guardrail, moving several feet before stopping in the left lane, where a second sedan struck the SUV's rear.
A woman driving the SUV was taken to a hospital for treatment, but one of her two passengers, also a woman, was pronounced dead at the scene. NOPD said the third SUV passenger was a man but didn't specify his injuries.
A woman driving the second sedan, which struck the SUV's rear, was also taken to a hospital for treatment.
"The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office will identify the decedent and determine the official cause of death, upon completion of autopsy and notification of family," an NOPD spokesperson said. "No further information is available at this time."
The man driving the sedan that struck the SUV first stayed at the scene of the crash, a spokesperson with the New Orleans Police Department's Public Affairs Office said.
NOPD Traffic Fatality Investigator Richard Chambers is in charge of the investigation and can be reached at 504.658.6208.