State Police are investigating an accident on Interstate 10 westbound early Friday morning that killed two men from Houma and closed the westbound roadway for seven hours. The accident happened about 4 a.m. near mile marker 217, a couple of miles beyond the Interstate 310 intersection, according to Trooper Melissa Matey, a spokeswoman for Troop B.
She said their preliminary investigation indicates that a 2004 Honda Accord, driven by man from Metairie, was traveling west in the left lane when the driver lost control, struck the left guardrail and began to spin, coming to a rest in the left lane, facing oncoming traffic.
A 2007 Acterra Sterling tractor-trailer carrying vehicles, driven by a man from Pearl River, approached the Honda and stopped in the left lane with its hazard lights on. A 2012 Isuzu street sweeper, traveling at a high rate of speed, hit the rear of the vehicle carrier, killing both of the sweeper’s occupants, according to Matey.
Earl Ross, 39, the driver of the street sweeper, and Simuel Green III, 41, who was ejected from the vehicle, were both pronounced dead on the scene. Neither was wearing seatbelts at the time of impact, according to Matey.
Toxicology tests on the deceased are awaiting an autopsy. The driver of the vehicle carrier voluntarily submitted to a chemical test and no detectable alcohol was found in his system, Matey said.