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Mississippi 18-wheeler driver arrested after hitting Lafayette fire truck on scene of I-10 crash


LAFAYETTE PARISH, LA- A Mississippi man, who was operating a 18-wheeler, was arrested after he hit a Lafayette fire truck that was on the scene of a crash on I-10 at Louisiana Avenue, seriously injuring one firefighter, on Thursday evening.


Nathan A. Martin, 51 of Mississippi, was arrested and booked into the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center with charges of failure to yield to an emergency vehicle, open alcohol container, OWI first offense, and vehicular negligent injuring.


The crash occurred on I-10 West at Louisiana Avenue around 9:30 pm on March 10.


Firefighters were already on the scene assisting officers with another crash that occurred on I-10 West when the 18-wheeler, driven by Martin, struck the front of the parked fire truck with some firefighters nearby.


One firefighter, in attempt to escape getting hit, jumped off the ledge of the overpass onto the cement, which was 20 feet below. The firefighter sustained severe injuries, and is in serious but stable condition.


Lafayette Fire Chief Benoit stated, “as first responders, we respond too numerous emergencies during a given shift. Our mission is to provide quality service to the victims and ensure we make it home safely at the end of the day. Unfortunately, last night did not end that way for one of our firefighters. We ask that the community keep him, his family, and the firefighters in their prayers."