ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST PARISH, La. (WGNO) — The St. John the Baptist Parish Coroner’s Office has released the names of some of the victims killed in Monday’s massive pileup on Interstate 55.

Louisiana State Police reported at least 168 vehicles were involved in a crash on the interstate near Manchac and Ruddock that sent 63 people to hospitals with injuries ranging in severity.

Eight of the individuals died from their injuries. In St. John Parish, the coroner identified seven of the victims as:

  • 87-year-old James Flemming
  • 49-year-old Nakia Gaines
  • 6-year-old Mason Gaines
  • 49-year-old Fernando Fransisco DeMoraes
  • 38-year-old Jose Elias Valley
  • 21-year-old Corinne Hebert
  • 47-year-old Quatab Singh Negi 

The roadway has been shut down since the crash so the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development can inspect it for safety.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, DOTD officials announced the reopening of one lane of the southbound side of the bridge. The northbound lane will remain closed as inspections continue.

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