NEW ORLEANS — One person is dead after he was ejected from his vehicle in a crash and then struck by another car in New Orleans Thursday morning.
According to the New Orleans Police Department, the first, two-car crash happened before 5 a.m. on the elevated portion of U.S. Highway 90 Business East near the Camp Street Exit. Police say a black Honda Accord and GMC pickup crashed and the driver of the Honda was ejected from his car. The 48-year-old man landed on the roadway where he was struck by a passing minivan.
The unnamed driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The police department said that more details about the crash would be released later in the day Thursday.
The Orleans Parish Coroner's Office will release the man's name and the official cause of death at a later time.
Shortly after the crash, all lanes on the highway were closed at Tchoupitoulas Street, causing heavy congestion and traffic to come to a standstill. Drivers were told to take the Huey P. Long Bridge in Jefferson Parish as an alternate route from the West Bank.
As of 7 a.m., the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said all lanes had reopened, but congestion had reached Lafayette Street. Drivers were told to expect heavy delays.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to contact the NOPD Crash investigator Richard Chambers at 504-658-6290.