A Monday night crash in Pointe Coupee Parish left one woman dead and six people - including five people younger than 14 - with serious injuries, troopers say.
Amber Crawford, 27, of Ventress, died in the crash on La. 78 west of La. 1, trooper say. She was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as the driver of the other vehicle and his five passengers were traveling west on LA Hwy 78 in a Chrysler. At the same time, Crawford was traveling east on LA Hwy 78 in a 2017 Ford Fusion. For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the Chrysler crossed the centerline into the opposing lane, which resulted in the Chrysler striking the Ford head-on.
As part of the ongoing investigation, toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, troopers say.
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