Less than a week after a Texas man was killed on Interstate 20 after rear-ending an 18-wheeler stopped in traffic west of the bridge connecting Delta to Vicksburg, another two deaths occurred due to a similar circumstance Friday night near Delta.
According to information released by Louisiana State Police, Troop F, a six-car crash occurred at approximately 8:40 p.m.on I-20 eastbound, just west of Delta. The crash claimed the lives of two men and involved four commercial motor vehicles (18-wheelers) and two passenger vehicles, state police said in a release.
According to the release, troopers have been working since Friday night to identify the victims involved, as well as to determine the events of the crash, with "many factors remaining under investigation."
"Although the exact sequence of events in the crash remains under investigation, the preliminary findings revealed a 2009 Chevrolet Silverado and a 2005 Chevrolet Trailblazer were struck by at least one of the 18-wheelers involved," the release read. "The driver of the Silverado, identified as 36-year-old Jose Luis Venegas-Nuno, of Dallas, and the driver of the Trailblazer - whose name is being withheld pending notification - were both pronounced dead at the scene."
Four additional vehicle occupants from both passenger vehicles and 18-wheelers were taken to local hospitals with moderate-to-severe injuries.
State Police said I-20 eastbound was closed for approximately eight hours, as investigators and vehicle recovery crews worked to clear the roadway. The investigation into the crash remains active an ongoing.