Edinburg man identified as driver of 18-wheeler killed in crash in Louisiana

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    An Edinburg man has been identified as the driver of an 18-wheeler involved in a deadly crash last month in Louisiana.

    According to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner, the driver was identified as Elmer J. Laporte, 80, of Edinburg.

    The coroner stated that Laporte died of "blunt force trauma and thermal injuries."

    The crash happened back on May 26 on Interstate 12 East and Louisiana Highway 21, near Covington.

    The crash began when the 18-wheeler, which was hauling avocados, didn't stop as it approached stalled traffic, officials said.

    That’s when, officials said, the 18-wheeler started a chain reaction crash with nine other vehicles. Authorities said the 18-wheeler then jackknifed during the crash and caught fire along with three other vehicles.

    According to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office, four people were killed and several others were injured, including a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy.

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