Mar 17, 2010 1:45 PM by Letitia Walker

Update: Victim Identified After Melville Ferry Accident



The victim has been identified as 24-year old Billy Duplechain of Melville.  Crews are still trying to recover his body and his 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee from the water as of 12:00 Wednesday.



The search resumes today for a man's body in the Atchafalaya River in Melville. St. Landry Parish Sheriff Bobby Guidroz was at the site again on Wednesday morning. He says a male in his early 20s drove past a barricade and into the water Tuesday night.  

The driver appears to have lost control, before plunging into the Atchafalaya River just as the Melville Ferry was pulling in.  The car was wedged underneath the ferry. 

Sheriff Guidroz said the current in the water was causing problems locating the vehicle and body. Today, Lafayette based survey company C&C Technologies, Inc. has been called out to the site. They plan to use sonar equipment to find the vehicle.



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