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Witnesses Sought in Three Car Crash

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A three-car-accident, on Saturday, has State Police looking for witnesses. The accident resulted in a fatality and closed the highway for many hours.

Two cars, a Toyota Avalon and a Toyota Corolla were going westbound on I-10. Troopers are looking for witnesses who can give them some insight as to why both drivers lost control of their vehicles and veered off the roadway. The Corolla veered off to the right, struck a construction sign and came to a halt in the grassy area of the shoulder. The Avalon veered left, crossed the median sideways and entered into the eastbound lanes.

When the Avalon crossed into the eastbound lanes, it was hit by a Honda Accord. After crashing the Avalon continued across the interstate and came to rest on the off-ramp.

The driver of the Avalon, Kendalyn Luque, 29 of Baton Rouge, sustained moderate injuries and her passenger, Patricia Thomas, 47, of Wylie, TX, sustained serious injuries. Thomas was later pronounced dead by the Baton Rouge General hospital staff at the Bluebonnet location.

The driver of the Toyota Corolla, Amy T. Triche, 21, and her passenger, Celeste Robichaux, 20, of Raceland, were not injured and refused medical aid at the scene. The driver of the Honda Accord, Richard Rotharmel, III, 19, of Baton Rouge, sustained moderate injuries.

All of the occupants in this crash wore a safety belt and alcohol is not suspected to be a factor. It was raining at the time of the crash. This crash remains under investigation.