Dec 16, 2012 8:31 PM by katc

One Dead in Erath Crash Involving Sugarcane Truck

Today, Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a two vehicle fatal crash on LA Highway 339 near Broadview Drive that claimed the life of an Abbeville man.

According to investigating Troopers, at 11:52 a.m., 35-year-old Jamie P. Landry of Abbeville was driving a 2013 Ford passenger car north on LA Highway 339. A 2000 International tractor trailer hauling sugarcane, driven by 32-year-old Juan Reyes of Abbeville, was traveling south on LA Highway 339. For reasons still under investigation, Landry crossed the center line and struck Reyes' vehicle. After impact, Reyes' vehicle overturned and came to rest and Landry's vehicle entered a ditch before coming to rest.

Landry sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead by the Vermilion Parish Coroner. Troopers are still working to determine if Landry was wearing a seat belt when the crash occurred. Reyes sustained minor injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

It is unknown if impairment was a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples have been obtained and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation.



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