A 44-year-old Louisiana woman was killed Thursday morning when a cargo tank hauling 8,000 gallons of gasoline plowed into the back of the dump truck she was driving along Interstate 310 in Luling, Louisiana, about 25 miles west of New Orleans.
Chalanta Brown of LaPlace, Louisiana, was killed in the crash and pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the fuel tanker, Glenn Robichaux, Jr., 31, of the Lafourche Parish community of Gheens, was airlifted to a Baton Rouge burn injury center. Mr. Robichaux was able to escape the fiery wreckage with moderate injuries.
A facebook profile for a Glenn Robichaux of Gheens, Louisiana, shows he is employed as a driver by Gaubert Oil Company of Thibodaux, Louisiana.
Andreas Plyler, who was driving in the northbound lane of 310, caught the massive explosion on his dash cam and posted it to facebook.
The fiery highway collision occurred in the right southbound lane of I-310 on the West Bank side of the over the Hale Boggs Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River, also known as the Luling Bridge.
State Trooper Melissa Matey, a State Police spokeswoman, said the crash happened when Mr. Robichaux’s 2013 Kenworth 18-wheeler laden with 8,000 gallons of gasoline crashed into the back of Ms. Brown’s truck, causing it to overturn on its passenger side. Reports say Ms. Brown’s 2008 Sterling dump truck was moving slowly when Mr. Robichaux collided with it.
Two passenger vehicles can be seen on Mr. Pyler’s video narrowly escaping the fireball that erupted just behind them.
The explosion and fires, which raged for several hours, damaged the highway and forced lane closures that could disrupt travel in the area for the next several days.
Louisiana State Troopers continue to investigate the crash and are asking anyone who witnessed it to contact them.