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1 killed, 1 in custody in interstate wreck

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MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) -One person is dead and one is in custody after a fatal wreck Wednesday night  in Ouachita Parish.

At about 9:25 at Mile Marker 127.  That's east of the Millhaven Road exit in Monroe.  Two vehicles were involved in the wreck.

The crash ultimately led to both vehicles igniting to a significant fire.  A viewer sent in pictures of the wreck to KNOE 8 News.

Louisiana State Police confirm that Carlton West was arrested last night for negligent homicide. He was booked into Ouachita Correctional Center.

Police officials are awaiting an identification of the body to release the name of the person who was killed in the incident.

La. State Police news release:

Fatal Crash in Ouachita Parish

On August 14, 2013, at 9:25 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 20 east of Louisiana Highway 594.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2002 Buick Park Avenue was traveling east on Interstate 20 in the left lane when it was struck in the rear by a 2000 Ford F-150, driven by 18-year-old Carlton West of Bossier City.

Both vehicles became engulfed in flames. West was properly restrained and was able to exit the Ford. West did not report any injuries. The driver of the Buick was not able to exit. The driver of the Buick has not yet been positively identified and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ouachita Parish Coroner's Office.

Impairment is not suspected. West was charged with negligent homicide and booked in the Ouachita Correctional Center. If convicted, West faces up to a $5,000 fine and up to 5 years in prison. The crash remains under investigation.

While the exact cause of this crash has not been determined, inattentive and distracted driving are leading causes of crashes in our state. Distracted driving is unsafe, irresponsible and in a split second its consequences can be devastating. More information on distracted driving may be found online at www.distraction.gov.


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