Second car accident in two hours kills 2, injures 2

Accidents happen at any time and at any place. No one can predict when and where a car accident may occur. No one understands this better than possibly the Louisiana State Police. One night recently, officers responded to two accidents within a couple of hours of each other. Both accidents involved a fatality.

The first accident occurred shortly after 4 a.m. on Louisiana Highway 2 near U.S. 165. For reasons unknown, an SUV went off the road and into a ditch and rolled over. According to authority's preliminary investigation, one 51-year-old male was killed and a 55-year-old male was seriously injured in the crash. It is unclear at this time which of the two was driving the vehicle.

The second accident happened approximately two hours later on Interstate 20 near U.S. 425. According to an initial report from the Louisiana State Police, this second crash was the result of the driver of a pickup truck losing control and driving across the center median into oncoming traffic. The truck collided with another truck from the opposite direction and the first truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The nature and extent of the injuries suffered by the occupants of the other vehicle were not reported. No contributing impairment factors are considered to be at play in this crash.

As a standard operational procedure, toxicology samples were taken after each car accident. In the first crash, it will be up to police to continue their investigation to ascertain who was driving the SUV before determining who was at fault or liable. After that is determined, the process of responsibility of the culpable party could be determined by the Louisiana court system if a criminal or civil case is filed. While the details are sorted out by authorities, it may be a good idea for everyone involved in these accidents, including the estates of the deceased, to become familiar with their rights and responsibilities under our state laws. It is likely that civil actions could be filed against the parties deemed responsible.

Source:, Two killed, one injured in separate wrecks, No author, Nov. 22, 2013

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