WEST BATON ROUGE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - A double fatality car crash claimed the lives of a Lafayette couple Friday night on the I-10 West near LA 415 (Lobdell) in West Baton Rouge Parish.
According to reports from the office of the Louisiana State Police Superintendent, John Faul, 66, and his wife Elain Faul, 46, died from fatal injuries in the crash.
Reports reveal that a 2002 Ford F150, driven by a 40-year-old Slaughter resident, was traveling east bound on the I-10, towing a four-wheeler on an 8-foot trailer. The Fauls were traveling westbound on I-10 in a 2006 Chevy Pickup.
As both vehicles came to the same mile marker, the Ford's left front tire lost its tread, and the driver overcorrected and lost control. This caused the Ford to swerve left into the median. The Ford then crossed the median, entered the westbound lanes, and then struck the left side of the Chevy truck. The impact pushed the Chevy off of the roadway and into some trees along the interstate.
Although the Chevrolet had 4 passengers, Elain and John Faul were the only ones who received fatal injuries from the impact of the crash because they were seated on the left side of the vehicle. Both were pronounced dead on the scene by the WBR Coroner's office.
The driver of the Ford was wearing a seatbelt and received no injuries.
LSP reports that all passengers involved were wearing seatbelts. The survivors were transported by the Acadian EMS for minor injuries.
The crash remains under investigation.