Cops: Drunk driver goes wrong way, kills self and other driver
Dave Cohen Reporting
Cops say a wrong-way driver caused a three car crash on I-55 this morning. It left two people dead and three hurt.
Louisiana State Police Trooper Melissa Matey says the driver got on the interstate heading north in the southbound lanes, and his car slammed head on into an oncoming vehicle.
Both drivers died.
Matey says it appears the wrong-way driver was drunk. They are waiting for autopsy results.
I-55 South was closed for more than four hours near Manchac. Police reopened the interstate around 9:00am.
Here is the news release:
This morning, March 11, 2014 at approximately 4:30 AM, Troop B investigated a ... fatal crash involving impairment on I-55 south at mile post 9.2. Preliminary investigation revealed that 32 year-old Brandon Craig of Franklinton, LA was driving a 2011 Kia on I-55 north in the southbound lanes. The Kia impacted a 2006 Chevrolet head-on. The Chevrolet was driven by 31 year-old Conrad Hebert of Tickfaw, LA, and was traveling in the left lane on I-55 south. A 2004 Honda driven by 59 year-old Newton Matthews of St. Rose, LA was traveling behind the Chevrolet on I-55 south and attempted to avoid the crash. The Honda rolled through vehicle fluids that were on the roadway and Matthews lost control of the Honda and impacted the guardrail.
Craig was pronounced dead on the scene and two passengers in the Kia were transported to local hospitals with moderate injuries (front seat passenger Kori Goldsby, 22 year-old from Walker, LA and left rear passenger Jason Trahan, 29 year-old of St. Amant, LA). Hebert was transported to a local hospital where he was later pronounced dead from injuries sustained in the crash. Matthews had minor injuries but, refused medical treatment on the scene.
Impairment is suspected on Craig and toxicology results are pending an autopsy. Impairment is not suspected for Hebert or Matthews. Craig and the passengers in the Kia were not wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. The crash remains under investigation.