UPDATE: State police are releasing the identity of the victim involved in a fatal crash near the St. Martin/Lafayette Parish line today.
Troopers arrived on the scene shortly before 1:45 p.m. They say 17-year-old Grace Gonsoulin, of New Iberia, was driving westbound on LA 96 when, for unknown reasons, she crossed the center lines and hit a truck traveling eastbound. Subsequently, Gonsoulin’s car was hit by another car traveling behind the truck in the eastbound lane.
Despite the fact Gonsoulin was wearing a seat belt, she sustained fatal injuries, according to a spokesman with Troop I. Two passengers in Gonsoulin’s car sustained moderate to serious injuries.
Here’s a post from Gonsoulin’s high school:
The driver of the truck was wearing a seat belt and sustained moderate to serious injuries. Four passengers in the truck also sustained moderate to serious injuries.
The driver of the car traveling behind the truck was wearing a seat belt and was not injured.
Investigators don’t believe impairment to be a factor in the crash, but toxicology samples were taken from all three drivers.
The crash remains under investigation.
LA 96 is blocked at its intersection with St. Nazaire Road.
State police are on the scene of a fatal crash at Hwy. 96 and Dutile Road in St. Martin Parish.
A spokesman is confirming one fatality, and at least five are in critical condition.
This is a developing story.