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Trucking Accident Claims Two Lives

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On Wednesday, an 18-mile stretch of Interstate 20 eastbound was closed in northeastern Louisiana; more than 12 hours after a tractor-trailer accident occured when the truck crossed the median, slamming into an eastbound rig.

There were two fatalities.

Graves, 63, was identified as one of the fatalities. He was driving westbound with his rig loaded with household products.

Watkins, 63, was the other fatality. He was the passenger and co-driver of the other truck that was delivering bread.

Louisiana State Police say Watkins was thrown from the cab that was driven by Atnip. Atnip’s injuries were minor. Police say both trucks burned and debris was still being cleaned late today.