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Rayne woman dies in Hammond crash

Fatal Crash
Posted at 7:49 PM, May 31, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-31 20:49:56-04

A Tuesday morning crash on I-12 has claimed the life of a Rayne woman, troopers say.

State Police say Jaimie Wells, 35, of Rayne died in the crash.

Wells was driving west on Interstate 12 in Tangipahoa Parish at about 8 a.m. Tuesday when her vehicle struck the rear-end of an 18-wheeler. The impact caused her vehicle to overturn and Wells was ejected from the vehicle, troopers say.

Wells was not restrained at the time of the crash. She was transported to an area hospital, where she succumbed to injuries sustained in the crash. The driver of the tractor-trailer sustained minor injuries. A toxicology sample was collected from Wells and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation, troopers say.

State Police say that car crashes are unexpected and can be violent. Taking just 3 seconds to buckle up is one of your best defenses to survive a car crash and could prevent the dreaded knock on a family’s door from a State Trooper. Always wear your seat belt. Every trip. Every Time. There is just too much at stake. Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. While not all crashes are survivable, wearing a seatbelt greatly reduces the chances of being killed or seriously injured in a crash, troopers say.