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Man killed in three vehicle crash during rush hour

Man killed in three vehicle crash during rush hour

POSTED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 1:30pm

UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 1:34pm

A Louisiana man was killed yesterday afternoon, Thursday, April 12, in a three vehicle rush hour crash in southeast Shreveport.

At approximately 5:25 p.m. on April 12, 2012, Shreveport Police patrol officers were dispatched to the east bound lanes of the Terry Bradshaw Passway just east of the Line Avenue interchange relative to major crash involving multiple vehicles. Upon arrival there, officers discovered that eastbound traffic on the passway had apparently slowed due to an earlier crash near the East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop exit when a 2007 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Alton Willis of Richmond, 31, of Texas struck a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe operated by Nathan Smith, 55, of Shreveport. The impact forced the Tahoe into an 18 wheeler driven by Tony Ates, 52, of San Antonio, Texas.

The Tahoe suffered extensive damage and Smith, as well as two children in the SUV, were transported to LSUHSC by the Shreveport Fire Department where Smith was later pronounced deceased. The juvenile passengers, identified as a seven year old female and a four year old little boy, both suffered what were described as moderate injuries.

Crash investigators immediately responded to the scene and began recovering evidence, taking measurements, and interviewing possible witnesses. Willis voluntarily accompanied officers to the Shreveport Police Complex where he underwent mandatory chemical testing and authorities do not believe alcohol was a factor in this crash. At this time no citations have been issued and the investigation is ongoing.

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