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Police release identities of victims in fatal crash

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Posted at 8:48 AM, Jul 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-06 18:20:56-04

ACADIA PARISH, La. – Louisiana State Police are investigating a fatal crash in Duson.

Police responded to a crash on I-10 in Acadia Parish shortly before 8:00 a.m. on July 6, 2021. The crash claimed the life of 30-year-old John Cooper Guidry of Iowa and 34-year-old Joshua Lee Babineaux of Lafayette, according to TFC Thomas Gossen, spokesperson for Louisiana State Police Troop I.

The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as an eastbound 2011 Freightliner 18-wheeler experienced a front tire failure and lost control and struck an eastbound Ford F250, dragging the F250 across the median into the westbound travel lanes, investigators say. Upon entering the westbound lanes, the 18-wheeler impacted a 2018 Toyota RAV 4 and a 2016 Ram pickup pulling a livestock trailer loaded with several cattle.

Troopers determined Babineaux was the driver of the Toyota SUV and Guidry was an unrestrained passenger in the Ram pickup, Gossen stated. Seat belt usage on the part of Babineaux was unable to be determined due to the severity of the damage, according to investigators. All other occupants and drivers involved were transported to two area hospitals for treatment of injuries ranging from minor to severe.

While impairment is not suspected, toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers for analysis.

The road has since reopened after being closed for more than seven hours.

This crash remains under investigation.

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