Jul 24, 2014 8:58 PM by katc
A Mississippi man and his granddaughter are dead after a crash in East Feliciana Parish. Troopers say it happened just before 12:30 p.m. Thursday on LA Hwy 67 north of LA Hwy 422 near the Mississippi State Line.
Investigators say 86-year-old William Blalock was driving a 2010 Kia Optima northbound on LA Hwy 67, while 46-year-old Sidney Rollins, III was driving a 1999 Western Star tractor-trailer (a log truck) southbound on LA Hwy 67. For unknown reasons, Troopers say Blalock's Kia crossed the center line in a left hand curve. Upon doing so, investigators say the Kia struck the tractor-trailer head-on in the southbound lane. Both vehicles then ran off the roadway and became engulfed in flames.
Despite the fact that both Blalock and his granddaughter, 19-year-old Ariel M. Foster were wearing seat belts, they sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Rollins was properly restrained and suffered only minor injuries. Driver impairment is not suspected on the part of either driver; however, toxicology samples were taken from both and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.