UPDATE: 08/20/22 1:06 PM: A major crash on Kaliste Saloom Road in Lafayette late Friday could have been worse if not for the help of dozens of good Samaritans who stopped to help the victims trapped inside two vehicles.
One person, Joshua Johnson of Opelousas, says he was leaving dinner with his wife and kids when he saw the entire incident unfold.
Johnson described what he had seen as a “nightmare” but says his instincts immediately kicked in and he ran over to help.
“We literally had to pull the top off the Jeep and get that woman out,” Johnson said.
As he approached, he said he could see the victim in distress and wanted to assure her that help was there, and help was also on the way.
“I remember saying Ms. we are going to help you, you are going to be ok.”
He said knowing that time was not on his side, he and dozens of others at the scene put all of their strength into lifting the hood of the Jeep that had flipped over and landed in the middle of the roadway.
“We got her out,” Johnson said.
Emergency crews arrived and transported the victim from the Jeep and the victim from a small compact vehicle to local hospitals.
Police said one of the victims left the scene in serious condition, but as of Saturday morning was improving and would likely make a full recovery.
An initial investigation has revealed that the crash happened as one of the vehicles was traveling westbound on Kaliste Saloom and the other eastbound, police said.
No other crash details were immediately available.
Although video from the crash scene was sent to KLFY, we will not share it out of respect for both victims and their families.
LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — Lafayette police are on the scene of a major traffic crash involving multiple vehicles on Kaliste Saloom Road near Lake Farm Road in front on Pizza Village.
Police say two people have been transported to local hospitals, one of the victims is in critical condition.
Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes while authorities clear up debris in the area.
Police say they do expect to reopen the roadway late Friday.
They did not release any additional details.