Deadly interstate crash shuts down I-10 westbound in Ascension Parish

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Correction: The article has been edited to show the that the crash involved two vehicles, not three. The identity of the victim was also added. (9:57 p.m.)

BATON ROUGE, La. (NBC Local 33) (FOX 44) — A Texas woman is dead after a crash that closed I-10 westbound near Prairieville, according to a spokesperson with the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

The crash happened on I-10 east after a 2014 Toyota Corolla collided with the back of a 2017 Kenworth tow truck, according to a spokesperson with Louisiana State Police.

The crash claimed the life of 23-year-old Ami Patel of Frisco, TX who was properly restrained in the front passenger seat of the Corolla. The driver, 26-year-old Jason Ko of Carrollton, TX, was not injured.

The investigation is being handled by Louisiana State Police who say charges may be pending.

The crash claimed the life of a Texas woman Sunday afternoon.
The area of I-10 westbound that was closed is designated by a black hyphenated line. Areas of red signify traffic back-up along the interstate. (Map courtesy: Louisiana DOTD)

The interstate was shut down to drivers traveling westbound. Louisiana State Police assisted with the re-routing of traffic. Back-up was about two miles, as of 5 p.m., according to the Louisiana Department of Transportation.

The crash cleared shortly after 7 p.m. Sunday.

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