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New Orleans Officer Killed in 18-Wheeler Collision

Officer Down: George Tessier - [New Orleans, Louisiana]

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

NOPD officer killed in 18-wheeler collision

A 10-year veteran of the New Orleans Police Department was killed this morning in a chain-reaction collision between two 18-wheeler tractors and two police cruisers on I-10 between I-510 and Michoud Blvd.

The officer, identified as George Tessier, 37, was killed shortly after 7 a.m. on westbound I-10 while preparing to escort one 18-wheeler tractor onto the freeway.

The crash shut down both sides of the I-10, snarling traffic during the morning commute. Causeway Police reported extra traffic this morning as commuters looked for an alternative route across Lake Pontchartrain.

According to investigators, Tessier and a second traffic officer were preparing to escort the truck, owned by Tri-State Trucking Company and operated by 63-year-old Rudolph Stout of Jamesville, North Carolina. The tractor-trailer was parked on the shoulder of the interstate, behind two marked police cruisers.

A second truck, privately owned and operated by 61-year-old Stanley Carter of New Orleans, was traveling westbound when he apparently veered off the interstate. His truck struck the side of the parked 18-wheeler and struck the officer who was standing near the front of the truck and his police cruiser.

The second officer and the driver of the parked truck were also standing nearby and were not injured. Both police cruisers were damaged.

Tessier was taken to the Medical Center of Louisiana (MCLA) and later died from injuries sustained in the accident. Stanley Carter was also injured in the accident and is listed in stable condition at MCLA.

The east and westbound sides of the interstate, between I-510 and Michoud were closed while investigators reconstructed the accident scene. The eastbound side was reopened shortly after 9 a.m., and the westbound side reopened at approximately 11:30 a.m.

No criminal charges are have been filed in this case, pending further investigation.

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