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LaPlace I-10 Crash: Fiery Accident Leaves 5 Dead in Louisiana

Authorities say five people were killed when a vehicle whose driver who going the wrong way crashed into another vehicle on Interstate 10 outside of New Orleans.

Louisiana State Police spokesman Sgt. Len Marie told MSNBC a driver was headed eastbound in the westbound lanes of I-10 near LaPlace early Friday when his vehicle crashed head-on with another vehicle with four people inside.

The car that had been traveling the wrong way burst into flames.

“Everything was burned pretty bad,” Marie said. “We’re not sure why he was traveling the wrong way.”

While the driver of the car going the wrong way died on the scene, the passengers of the other vehicle were taken to a hospital in “very critical” condition, according to police. They later died from their injuries.

Marie also added that an 18-wheeler sideswiped the wreck and another vehicle hit the 18-wheeler.

The drivers of those vehicles suffered only minor injuries.

Louisiana state troopers say the westbound lanes of I-10 were closed and traffic was being diverted.

The fatal I-10 crash occurred around 3 a.m. west of LaPlace, about 25 miles west of New Orleans.

For more on the LaPlace accident, head over to WDSU.