Good Samaritan badly injured in deadly 'wrong-way' crash continues fighting for his life

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A Good Samaritan continues fighting for his life following last Friday's early morning deadly crash on I-110 at Government Street.

The family of Mike Munnings of Houston told KHOU-TV there that he was on his way from Texas to a job in Florida when he tried to help.

The Baton Rouge Police Department reported the crash involved a 2008 Mitsubishi Lancer, 2010 Ford Fusion, 1992 Honda Accord, 2016 Chevrolet Impala and an 18-wheeler. Investigators said the first crash involved only the Mitsubishi and the Ford.

Officials said the Mitsubishi was traveling the wrong way, southbound, on northbound I-110 in the outside lane, causing a head-on collision. Josh Wheeler, 26, was killed in this wreck. Wheeler was a part-time EMT with Acadian Ambulance. According to a spokesman with Acadian, he was returning home from a job at the time of the wreck. He was taken to a hospital after the crash with critical injuries and died Monday.

Munnings pulled over and ran to the Ford to try to help after seeing the crash. Another Good Samaritan, Joseph Burnette, 44, also parked his car to assist. As Burnette was walking back to his vehicle, an 18-wheeler hit the parked cars. Burnette was crushed between two vehicles and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Munnings and another person at the scene were taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators believe the driver of the Mitsubishi was impaired. They did not provide the driver's name.

The investigation is ongoing.

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