State Police say charges are pending in the case of a fiery 5-vehicle, 18-wheeler involved crash on I-10 in West Baton Rouge Parish that claimed the life of a man from Alexandria. The victim is identified as 26-year-old Ronald Allen. Trooper Bryan Lee says traffic began slowing in the eastbound lanes near Port Allen around 5:30 Wednesday.
"One of the 18-wheelers failed to reduce its speed," said Lee. "There were several rear-end collisions, including one that caused Mr. Allen's vehicle to become trapped between the two 18 wheelers."
Lee says the impact caused the three vehicles to become fully engulfed in flames as Allen was trapped inside. He says investigators are turning over their findings to the DA in West Baton Rouge.
"They will talk about appropriate charges, but we think distraction is a contributing factor," said Lee.