Truck driver killed in today's fiery crash identified as LaPlace woman

State Police say truck was rear-ended by fuel tanker and overturned

April 13 at 6:16 pm  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

Truck driver killed in today's fiery crash identified as LaPlace woman
Today’s fiery crash on I-310 south in Luling claimed the life of 44-year-old Chalanta Brown of LaPlace, who was driving a 2008 Sterling dump truck that was rear-ended by a fuel tanker.

State Police spokeswoman Melissa Matey said Brown was driving the truck in the right lane of I-310 south “at a very slow rate of speed for unknown reasons” at 8 a.m. today (April 13) when a 2013 Kenworth 18-wheeler driven by Glen Robichaux Jr., 31, of Gheens approached in the right lane of the interstate and struck the rear of her vehicle.

The collision ignited about 8,000 gallons of gasoline being transported in the fuel tanker, becoming “fully engulfed in fire,” Matey said.

Brown was declared dead on the scene when her vehicle overturned on the passenger side.

Robichaux escaped the tractor cab with moderate injuries and was taken to St. Charles Parish Hospital for treatment.

Matey said impairment is not suspected in the crash, which remains under investigation.

I-310 remains closed for necessary road repairs.

Motorists should plan on using an alternate route. For alerts, consult or the state DOTD’s Way to Geaux app for roadway and traffic alerts and conditions.

St. Charles Parish President Larry Cochran thanked the responding agencies for quick response to the scene.

"I would like to thank the many agencies that worked together for the prompt response to the fuel truck collision today," Cochran said. "We extend our condolences to the family of Chalanta Brown and are keeping Mr. Robichaux in our prayers."

Anyone who witnesses impaired drivers or hazardous situations can call LSP (577) and report it to the Louisiana State Police.

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