UPDATE: The two other deceased individuals have been identified as 27-year-old Derrell W. Smith, Jr. of Lake Charles and 24-year-old Kelsie Murphy of Crowley.
UPDATE, 9:07 p.m.: The preliminary investigation by State Police revealed a vehicle was traveling east in the westbound lanes of travel on I-10 before colliding with another vehicle head-on. Shortly after the initial impact, a Ford F-250 collided with one of the vehicles. Debris from the crashes caused minor damage to a passing 18-wheeler.
One of the deceased drivers has been identified as Sadie Fontenot, 25, of Eunice. Fontenot was not buckled and was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office.
Due to the severity of the crash, seat belt usage on the part of the second deceased driver and a passenger was unable to be determined, and those occupants have yet to be positively identified at this time. A passenger in one of the vehicles was properly buckled up and was transported to local hospital in critical condition.
The driver of the F250 and 18-wheeler were both properly restrained and reported no injuries. Those drivers also submitted breath samples which indicated no alcohol present.
ORIGINAL POST: CROWLEY, La. (KLFY) – Three people were killed in a multi-vehicle crash on I-10 WB (near MM 77). According to Louisiana State Police Trooper Thomas Gossen, the crash involved four vehicles. Gossen says, two of the deceased were in a vehicle that was traveling east on the westbound lane. No other details have been released.
The Acadia Parish Sheriff’s office reports I-10 WB is closed from MM 80 to MM 76. State Police say the roadway will be closed for hours as the investigation continues. Drivers should expect delays and avoid the area if possible.
This is a developing story and we update it as we receive more information.