A tire blowout on an 18-wheeler is believed to have started a series of events that ended in the deaths of two men on I-10 near Duson.

Trooper Thomas Gossen said an 18-wheeler in the eastbound lane experienced a blowout and lost control, striking a Ford F-250 that was also heading east. The 18-wheeler and F-250 were then dragged across the eastbound lane across the median into the westbound lane where they then struck a pickup truck with a cattle trailer and a small SUV.

Two victims, one driver and one passenger, both from different westbound vehicles were identified as 30-year-old John Guidry of Iowa and 34-year-old Joshua Babineaux of Lafayette. Several head of cattle also died in the crash.

The accident shut down traffic for more than seven hours while crews cleaned up the area. Intoxication is not believed to be a factor.

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