A Sulphur man has died following a three vehicle crash on Monday in Calcasieu Parish.
Louisiana State Police say that on November 9, shortly before 12:00 p.m., Troop D was notified of a three-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 27 (W. Creole Hwy) just north of Jimmy Savoie Road. The crash claimed the life of 33-year-old Cody Joshua Evans of Sulphur.
Troopers say an investigation revealed the driver of a vehicle was traveling north on LA 27 and began slowing to make a right turn into a private driveway. For reasons still under investigation, an 18-wheeler failed to slow down and struck the rear of that vehicle. It was being driven northbound on LA 27 by 49-year-old Cliford P. Temple Jr. of Gonzales.
The impact caused the 18-wheeler to cross the center line and enter the southbound lane of travel of LA 27. It was then struck by the third vehicle, a truck which was driven by Evans. Upon impact, both the 18-wheeler and the straight truck became engulfed in flames.
Temple sustained moderate injuries but was able to escape his vehicle. He was later transported to an area hospital. Evans was unable to escape his vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene.
Due to the severity of the crash, seat belt use on their parts is unknown, troopers say. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the crash was properly restrained and sustained minor injuries. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis.
Temple was cited for careless operation and this crash remains under investigation.
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