The accident occurred late Monday morning on a busy stretch of Claiborne Ave. in New Orleans.
Although police are still conducting their investigation, reports indicate that that a woman driving a van was attempting to make a turn when she pulled into the path of a dump truck.
Police said the 38 year-old woman was on Martin Luther King Boulevard when she attempted to make a left turn onto Claiborne Ave. As she was making the turn she struck a dump truck traveling east on Claiborne, Fox 8 reported.
Upon impact, the dump truck overturned and struck a pedestrian walking along the sidewalk. The truck then slammed into a utility pole, two parked cars and a building.
The pedestrian, a 66 year-old man, was pronounced dead on the scene. The dump truck driver suffered serious, but non-life threatening injuries. The van driver was not injured.
Police do not suspect drugs or alcohol played a role in the accident and haven’t issued any citations, Fox 8.
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