Members of the New Orleans Police Department's Fatality Unit are investigating a 6 a.m. traffic accident on Interstate10 eastbound before the North Claiborne exit that left a 52 year-old local male dead.

According to investigators, the driver of a 1994 Saturn station wagon stopped in the middle lane of Interstate 10 (eastbound) before the North Claiborne exit, to check on the occupants of a prior accident at the same location. Upon exiting his vehicle and approaching the prior accident scene, he was struck by another vehicle.

Emergency medical personnel arrived on the scene and pronounced him dead. The victim's name is being withheld pending notification of family members.

The investigating is ongoing. The Orleans Parish Coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. The lead investigator is Richard Blackman. He may be reached at 658-6208.