A deadly single-car crash on I-10 in New Orleans occurred just after 8 p.m. Wednesday on the same stretch of the interstate that saw a fatal 40-vehicle pileup last month.
According to WWL-TV, police have recovered the body of an unidentified male from a red 1996 Plymouth Voyager mini van that reportedly lost control and ran off the westbound section of interstate. The van the struck a cement barrier, which caused the vehicle to flip and land in a canal. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The Orleans Parish coroner will conduct an autopsy on the body to determine the cause of death.
Authorities investigating the crash have not said what the possible causes might include, but according to WWL-TV, smoke from a swamp fire that has been smoldering for months was present around the time of the crash.
Motorists involved in the pileup last month, which killed 2 and injured 62 others, reported a similar smoke along that stretch of I-10 near Michoud Boulevard. Police investigating the pileup blamed it on a dense fog that moved into the area and may have combined with the smoke to lower visibility.
Some New Orleans residents familiar with that part of I-10 told WWL-TV earlier that a number of broken street lights exacerbated the poor visibility in that area, particularly in foggy, smoky conditions. Reporters from the station backed the claim, saying they found poor lighting on that stretch continuing for nearly two miles, and noted the city is responsible for fixing broken lights, according to state law.
Both crashes remain under investigation.