1 dead, 1 critical after fiery crash beneath I-10 in Kenner


KENNER – Police say a driver’s medical condition may have caused a fiery crash under an Interstate 10 bridge in Kenner that left one a woman dead and her boyfriend in critical condition.

The crash occurred just after 8 a.m. under an I-10 bridge near Loyola Avenue, according to the Kenner Police Department.

A vehicle driven by 47-year-old Joseph Lewis was traveling at a high rate of speed when it collided with a pillar and was cut in half. Lewis was coming home from picking up his girlfriend, 35-year-old Charmaine Wallace, from an overnight shift, according to police.

Parts of the vehicle then slammed into a construction worker’s vehicle that was parked under the bridge. The bifurcated vehicle burst into flames, and the construction worker’s vehicle as well as another vehicle parked nearby were soon engulfed.

Lewis was pulled from that vehicle by the first officers to arrive on scene and several construction workers who witnessed the crash. He is currently hospitalized in critical condition.

Firefighters attempting to extinguish the three burning vehicles found Wallace’s body between the first and second vehicles, according to police. Investigators believe Wallace was wearing her seatbelt and was sitting in the front seat at the time of the crash.

Lewis suffered from severe seizures and had to recently seek medical treatment for his condition. Investigators believe his medical condition may have contributed to the deadly crash.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the Kenner Police at (504) 712-2222 or Crimestoppers at (504) 822-1111.

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