BATON ROUGE, LA (WSFA) - Police in Louisiana say a crash Saturday killed at least 5 people and critically injured at least 10 others.
Troopers say a mini-van with at least 15 people inside blew a tire on the interstate near Baton Rouge and then collided with a delivery truck, flipping several times.
The van ended up stopping in the opposite lane of traffic.
"Can't tell you what would have happened had they been buckled up, but I can tell you that the safest place to be when a vehicle rolls over is inside of that vehicle and these people were ejected from the vehicle," stated Louisiana state trooper, Russell Graham.
Officials say the driver, who was killed, and a front seat passenger appear to have been the only ones wearing seatbelts inside the van.
The Louisiana legislature just passed a law making it mandatory to wear seatbelts in both the front and back seats.
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