Luling, LA – A 44-year-old LaPlace woman was killed Thursday morning after an 18-wheeler hauling about 8,000 gallons of gasoline smashed into the back of a slow-moving dump truck on Interstate 310 in Luling, according to Louisiana State Police.
Chalanta Brown, the driver of the dump truck, was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, which occurred just after 8 a.m. on I-310 south between La. 18 and La. 3127, near the Hale Boggs Bridge in St. Charles Parish.
Thursday evening, a section of I-310 south remained closed due to needed road repairs, according to state police Troop B. Northbound I-310 had reopened from U.S. 90 to the Hale Boggs Bridge, according to the St. Charles Parish public information office.
Brown was driving the 2008 Sterling dump truck in the right lane of I-310 south at a “very slow rate of speed” when a 2013 Kenworth 18-wheeler, driven by a 31-year-old Gheens, LA. man, crashed into the rear of Brown’s dump truck, state police said.
The impact caused the dump truck to overturn onto its passenger side and the fuel truck to burst into flames, becoming fully engulfed in fire, officials said.
The fuel truck’s driver escaped from the cab and was taken to a local hospital with moderate injuries. He was airlifted to a burn unit in Baton Rouge