18-wheeler transport of avocados in Louisiana triggered a fiery pileup that left 4 dead, the police said

Four people were killed in a crash on a Louisiana interstate with an 18-wheel transport of avocados, according to police.

(Louisiana State Police)

Four people were killed when an 18-wheeler transport of avocados failed to slow down when approaching congestion on a Louisiana interstate, and gave rise to a fiery pileup, police said Sunday.

Louisiana State Police shared details of the Saturday afternoon crash in a press release, and said that “the traffic is stopped or slowing to a stop on I-12 east of LA 21 by congestion.”

“An 18-wheeler, transport, avocados, was traveling in the right lane on I-12 approaching from the congestion of the traffic,” police said. “For unknown reasons, the 18-wheeler was unable to stop and started a chain reaction crash with nine other vehicles. The 18-wheeler jackknifed during the crash and the fire, along with three other vehicles.”

The crash happened on Interstate 12 around 4 o’clock in the St. Tammany Parish.

(Louisiana State Police)

Louisiana State Police said the 18-wheeler’s driver, who has not yet been identified, died on scene and the name of the three other people who died in the crash.

Yoland Simmons and Keland Simmons were in a Lexus hit by the 18-wheeler and pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The 18-wheeler was “not to stop” and began a chain reaction crash with nine other vehicles, according to the police.

(Louisiana State Police)

“In 1997, the Toyota 4Runner was also hit by the 18-wheeler and the driver, Rachel Lehmann of Mandeville, was brought to the hospital, where she later died,” authorities added.


A deputy with the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office was also injured in the crash and taken to a hospital.

The sheriff’s office said Saturday that the man the deputy – “was transported to a local hospital where he was treated and has since been released; he is expected to make a full recovery.”

The authorities also shared a message of prayer.

“This was a terrible crash,” the sheriff’s office added. “We pray for all those affected by this tragedy and are grateful for the many who have expressed their concern.”

The police said that anyone who is hurt in the pileup is expected to recover, and that the crash is still under investigation.

Impairments have not yet been determined to be a factor in the crash, and toxicology tests are pending, according to FOX8.

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