Trucker Charged in Fiery Nine-Vehicle Crash Killing Man and Four Dogs
West Baton Rouge Parish, LA – A trucker has been charged in a fiery, multi-vehicle crash that claimed the life of a motorist and four dogs last week.
According to the West Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office (WBRPSO), the incident took place on Thursday, September 9 in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 10, near mile marker 145 (Lobdell exit).
Major Zak Simmers with WBRPSO told McClatchy News 29-year-old Timothy Acheé of Metairie, LA was traveling back home from Houston, where he and his family had fled to escape Hurricane Ida last month.
According to officials, Acheé — along with his father, Perry, and older brother, Patrick — were caught in bumper-to-bumper traffic near Port Allen, LA, when a semi-truck, driven by Jack Duff III, 40, of Mobile, AL, failed to slow for traffic.
Duff’s truck slammed into the back of Acheé’s vehicle resulting in a chain reaction crash.
The impact caused Acheé’s vehicle to “burst into flames,” local outlet WBRZ reported.
Acheé, along with the family dog, were killed.
Perry and Patrick sustained what were described as “minor” burns and treated and released at a local hospital.
In total, nine vehicles were involved, officials confirmed.
Three people in other vehicles sustained various injuries as well.
As of publishing, their identities and injury statuses have not yet been reported.
In addition to the Acheé’s family dog, three other dogs in the crash were also killed, WBRPSO Lt. Ken Alvarez said.
At the time of the accident, I-10 East was experiencing a near 13-mile traffic jam, according to WBRZ.
Duff was arrested and charged with negligent homicide, six counts of negligent injury and careless operation.
He also faces six counts of vehicular injury.
Duff was booked into the West Baton Rouge Parish Jail and released on a summons to appear in court at a later date.