On the morning of September 21st, a woman from Ponchatoula had a head-on collision with a commercial vehicle. For reasons yet to be explained by the Louisiana State Police, the woman’s car crossed the center line before colliding with the truck. The accident closed down LA 22 for hours, but what the investigators found was far more concerning than backed up traffic.
Truck Accident Closes LA 22
The collision caused the diesel tanks on the truck to leak, which spilled fuel onto the roadway and into the Tangipahoa River. The State Police called in the Department of Environmental Quality to supervise the cleanup, and closed the highway for hours during the cleanup. However, the environmental impact of this crash wasn’t what caught the attention of authorities.
The woman driving the car that crossed the median was not wearing a safety belt. This year has been a particularly bad year for traffic accidents in our state. With a spike in drunk driving and distracted driving, law enforcement is doing everything they can to help keep drivers safe, but their efforts seem wasted when drivers and passengers fail to buckle up.
A few days after this accident, another woman collided with a truck on I-55 in Tangipahoa Parish. She too was not wearing a safety belt, which has left authorities wondering if buckling up could have helped save these two women’s lives. Remember that in Louisiana, everyone over the age of 13 must wear a safety belt while in a motor vehicle.
The roads of Louisiana are dangerous. Drivers have to keep an eye out for fatigued truckers, distracted drivers, and drunk drivers while travelling our highways, but don’t get overwhelmed and forget the basics about staying safe in a car. Buckle up, and keep following our blog to keep up-to-date on the latest news about staying safe on Louisiana’s highways.
Galloway Jefcoat LLP—Personal Injury Attorneys in Lafayette, LA