EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA. (THECOUNT) — Janaria James of Plaquemine, Louisiana, has been identified as the victim in a 15-vehicle pileup on the old Mississippi River Bridge Tuesday morning.

James, 13, was killed in the crash and an unknown number of people injured near East Baton Rouge Parish Tuesday morning.


According to reports, the massive pileup was reported around 8:30 a.m. on US 190 in the lanes heading into East Baton Rouge. State Police said the crash involved at least 15 vehicles, including several large trucks. James was traveling in a vehicle that was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer.

Shortly after the crash, officials said one victim was airlifted to an area hospital. Another victim was left trapped.

Hours later, police confirmed James died of injuries suffered in the crash.

Several other people were treated at the scene or taken to hospitals with moderate injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: East Baton Rouge Parish is the most populous parish in the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 440,171. The parish seat is Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s state capital. East Baton Rouge Parish is located inside of the Baton Rouge, LA Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.