UPDATE: Three-vehicle crash on I-10 leaves one dead
Published 1:11 am Tuesday, November 28, 2023
A three-vehicle fatal crash Monday afternoon on Interstate 10 just west of La. 397 in Calcasieu Parish claimed the life of 27-year-old Garrett Wayne Smith of Sulphur.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Smith, was traveling east on I-10 before veering off the right side of the roadway. After leaving the roadway, the Chevrolet struck the rear of a flatbed trailer on a 2019 Volvo (18-wheeler) that was parked on the shoulder. After the initial impact, the Chevrolet traveled back into the eastbound lanes of travel and was struck by a 2022 Volvo (18-wheeler) that was traveling east, said Louisiana State Police Trooper Derek Senegal.
Smith sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Seat belt usage on the part of Smith is unknown due to the extent of damage to the Chevrolet. The other two drivers were not injured, Senegal said.
Toxicology samples were obtained from all three drivers and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
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Troop D has investigated 32 fatal crashes resulting in 35 deaths in 2023.