Woman killed in crash on I-20

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A two-vehicle crash on I-20 Tuesday left a woman dead.

Lauri Janae Miller, 43, of Sibley, was killed her Volkswagen Bug traveling westbound rear ended a tractor trailer hauling utility poles. The crash happened at about 2 p.m. just east of Industrial Drive.

According to witnesses, the victim was traveling in the inside lane as traffic began slowing down just as police were clearing the scene of a motor vehicle accident further ahead on I-20 westbound at Industrial Drive. Witnesses say the VW Bug came up behind an 18-wheeler in the inside lane, swerved around it and then rear ended the tractor trailer in the outside lane.

Miller was the lone occupant and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the tractor trailer was not injured.

As a result of the crash, the westbound lanes of I-20 were closed for four hours while westbound traffic was detoured onto I-220. An on scene inspection by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety determined the tractor trailer rig was in compliance with safety regulations.