A two vehicle crash on US Hwy 61 south of I-10 in St. James Parish took the life of 26-year-old Sean Q. Thomas of Vacherie.
Thomas played for the Cajuns from 2011 until 2014 and won 4 New Orleans Bowl championships.
According to State Police, it happened shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.
The initial investigation has revealed that Thomas was traveling southbound on US 61, while at the same time, the driver of a tractor-trailer was making a U-turn from the left southbound lane of US Hwy 61 to travel northbound.
For unknown reasons, police say, Thomas’ Ford struck the rear of the tractor-trailer.
He suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash, police said.
Due to vehicle damage, seat belt use on his part is unknown, however impairment is not suspected for either driver.