Woman killed in I-12 crash in Walker

A woman was killed and her husband critically injured Tuesday night during a crash on Interstate 12 near Walker involving three vehicles and two 18-wheelers.

The fatal crash occurred at 11:30 p.m. westbound on I-12, a mile west of Satsuma, Walker Police Department Capt. John Sharp said.

Sharp said it appears that a westbound 18-wheeler changed lanes to avoid a westbound pickup towing a disabled Ford Focus that pulled from the outside road shoulder into the lane of travel.

While changing lanes, the 18-wheeler hit a westbound Volkswagen convertible, sending it into the path of a second 18-wheeler.

The crash blocked both westbound lanes of travel for more than three hours.

Police are still gathering information regarding the accident and working to determine the condition of the accident victims.

Matthew Barr and Hailey Barr, of Dallas, were in the Volkswagen.

Sharp said the Barrs might have recently moved to the Baton Rouge area.

Hayle Barr died at the scene of the crash. Matthew Barr was taken to Our Lady of the Lake Medical Center, where he is listed in critical condition.

Sharp said police believe that the truck and the car being towed were occupied by a man and his daughter.

They suffered minor to moderate injuries.

Neither of the 18-wheeler drivers were injured.

Editor’s note: This story was modified on July 25, 2013, to correct the spelling of Hailey Barr’s name. Information given to and distributed by the Walker Police Department had the name misspelled. The Advocate regrets the error.