Iowa PD: One dead, one injured in 18-wheeler crash on I-10

Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 4:55 PM CDT
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Iowa, LA (KPLC) - One person died in a two-vehicle crash early Saturday morning near mile marker 43 on I-10, according to the Iowa Police Department.

Iowa Police said a Ford F-150 was traveling westbound on I-10 when it was struck from behind by an 18-wheeler.

The Ford driver, who was not properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Calcasieu Coroner’s Office.

“The semi truck was going about 70-plus mph. She put her blinker on and immediately crossed over and slammed into them, like their back quarter panel of their truck. It just decimated the truck,” Marcus Martinez said.

Martinez was on his way home to Texas when he watched the tragedy unfold, missing the brunt of the destruction by just a few yards.

Ford F-150 struck from behind by 18-wheeler.
Ford F-150 struck from behind by 18-wheeler. (KPLC)

“The white F-150 actually flew in front of us air born, like flipping through the air, and just landed in the ditch on the side of the road,” Martinez said.

Martinez and his wife proceeded to pull over to check on the passengers of the F-150.

“When I first appeared on the scene, there was no one in the vehicle. There was just blood on both window air bags. So, I’m guessing that’s where they exited the vehicle,” Martinez said.

While continuing his search, he came across a woman and was able to detect a pulse and alerted authorities that she was still breathing. Iowa Police said that passenger was airlifted to Lafayette General Hospital, and was last listed in stable serious condition.

When law enforcement arrived and continued to search, the driver of the F-150 was found and pronounced dead at the scene. Martinez said officials found the driver nearly 100 yards away from the Ford.

“I’m sorry I couldn’t do anything for the driver. I feel like if I would’ve found him earlier, maybe you know if he had a pulse or something, I could have done something. But I couldn’t find him,” Martinez said.

Martinez also has his CDL and drives semis, he said accidents like this are more than preventable and taking your eyes off the road for even just one second can cost someone their life.

The driver and passenger of the 18-wheeler were not injured.

A toxicology sample was obtained from both drivers and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Police Troop D and the Iowa Fire Department assisted in the crash.

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