Dean Critten was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office.

Shortly before 2 a.m. on September 19, 2018, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatality crash on Interstate 10 westbound west of LA 73 in Ascension Parish. The crash took the life of 51-year-old Dean Critten of Marrero.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as 60-year-old Glenn Walker of Baton Rouge was stopped on the westbound shoulder of I-10 in a 2006 International 18-wheeler. For unknown reasons Critten was traveling westbound on the shoulder of I-10 in a 2007 Chevrolet Monte Carlo when his vehicle struck the back of Walker’s trailer on the shoulder. The impact caused Critten’s vehicle to travel underneath Walker’s trailer causing severe damage to the rear axles.

Critten was unrestrained and sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office. Walker was not injured. It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash, but toxicology samples were taken from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Crashes, especially those involving 18-wheelers, can provide unique challenges for first responders and often require roadways to be closed for extended periods. In this case, the trailer became unstable due to damage sustained in the crash and required I-10 to be closed while emergency crews worked to stabilize it and extricate the deceased driver. Troopers would like to remind the public that while investigating crash scenes the safety of all those involved, as well as the safety of other motorists, is paramount. First responders and emergency crews will continue to work diligently to reopen roadways as quickly and safely as possible to minimize the effect on the motoring public.

Contributed by Louisiana State Police