The Louisiana State Police are investigating an unusual accident that occurred earlier this month on Interstate 10 in Ascension Parish. The cause of the auto accident appears to be a loose trailer. One person was killed as a result of the accident.
A Ford F-350 was traveling west on I-10 with a trailer attached to the back of the pickup truck. Unfortunately, the trailer was not properly secured, and it came loose from the pickup. It shot across the highway through a break in the median guardrail and into oncoming traffic in the eastbound lanes of I-10.
The driver of a Ford F-150 pickup was unable to avoid colliding with the trailer. When his vehicle hit the trailer, his pickup first veered off the right side of the highway and then shot back across the eastbound lanes of traffic. The vehicle came to a rest in the median. Even though the driver of the F-150 was properly restrained, he suffered such severe injuries that he did not survive the accident.
The Louisiana State Police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the crash, but toxicology samples were taken from both drivers as a matter of procedure. The investigation is ongoing. Even if the police do not file any criminal charges in connection with this tragic auto accident, the family of the victim retains the right to proceed with a wrongful death claim. If the family is able to prove that the other driver was negligent in causing or contributing to the death of the victim, they may be awarded the costs and damages they have incurred in connection with the tragedy.