Drivers identified in I-10 crash

Updated at 10:15 a.m. — One man died in an accident Friday on Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish after a trailer detached from the truck pulling it and struck a pickup headed in the opposite direction, a State Police spokesman said.

Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer identified the victim as David Hammer, 64, of League City, Texas.

The crash occurred about 3:15 p.m. as 35-year-old Michael B. Munson, Donaldsonville, was driving a 2001 Ford F-350 west on I-10, west of La. 73 near the Bluff Road overpass, Sandifer said in a news release.

Munson was pulling an empty utility trailer behind his truck when it came loose, crossed a median and struck Hammer’s 1998 Ford F-150, which was headed east on I-10. The utility trailer crossed the median through an opening between the median cable barriers and a guardrail.

Hammer was wearing a seat belt, but died in the wreck.

Troopers do not suspect either driver of impairment but took toxicology samples for analysis.

The accident came a day after traffic on I-10 East was halted for more than seven hours after an 18-wheeler ran off the road and flipped over near the Siegen Lane exit.

The driver Tony Wells, 51, of Marrero, said another 18-wheeler tried to switch lanes into his lane, which caused him to swerve to avoid the other truck.

Traffic was halted for about seven hours while tow trucks from Road-Runner Towing & Recovery of Baton Rouge tried to maneuver around concrete barriers and other obstacles to pull the big rig upright, then back onto the highway.

Wells was cited for careless operation.

Editor’s note: This article was changed on Dec. 8, 2012, to make clear that the person who was killed was not pulling the utility trailer.