Louisiana State Police confirmed a 13-year old died as a result of a multiple car pile-up on the Old Mississippi River Bridge this morning. The wreck occurred around 8:30 a.m. on US 190 eastbound between LA-1 and US 61. The crash took the life of 13-year-old Janaria James of Plaquemine.
The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as 42-year-old Marlin Jordan of Addis was traveling eastbound on US Hwy 190 in a 2007 Kenworth tractor trailer. As Jordan was traveling eastbound, he approached stopped traffic on the downslope of US Hwy 190. For reasons still under investigation, Jordan was unable to stop, which resulted in the Kenworth striking multiple vehicles. This triggered a chain reaction causing a total of sixteen vehicles to be struck during this crash. James was the passenger in a vehicle involved in this crash.
Due to the extent of damage, seatbelt usage is unknown on the part of James. She sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene. As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were taken from all drivers involved in the crash for analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending.
Several tractor-trailers were involved in the accident. Officials estimate 16 cars are involved in the crash. The 13-year-old died after an 18-wheeler struck the vehicle they were riding in from the rear. At least one person had to be extracted from their vehicle after becoming trapped.