DONALDSONVILLE, LA (WAFB) - According to Louisiana State Police, three separate crashes involving 21 vehicles, two of which were sugarcane trucks, left one person dead early Tuesday morning.
Louisiana State Police reported the three separate wrecks happened on LA 1 at LA 405 northwest of Donaldsonville just after 5 a.m.
LA 1 between LA 405 near White Castle and LA 405 near Donaldsonville reopened just before 2 p.m.
Louisiana State Police say the crashes happened within a short stretch and was caused by the fog and traffic.
Troopers say the first crash happened when a semi-truck hauling sugarcane stopped in the roadway because of heavy fog and traffic. The semi was rear-ended by another vehicle and that vehicle was rear-ended by another vehicle. No serious injuries were reported in this crash.
The second crash, the fatal crash, involved 12 vehicles. A semi slowed to a stop due to the fog and the previous crash that happened in front of him. A vehicle rear-ended the semi and it started a chain reaction involving 10 more vehicles. State Police say Donald L. Jenkins, 62, of Plaquemine, died as a result of the injuries he sustained in the crash. He was wearing a seatbelt. No other drivers suffered serious injuries.
A third crash happened shortly after the second. A pickup truck stopped in the roadway due to fog and the crashes in front of him. The driver got out of the pickup to try and warn oncoming traffic of the crash in front of him. A car rear-ended the pickup and that crash caused a chain reaction crash involving four more vehicles. No serious injuries were reported in this crash.
"Especially during the holiday season, the main thing people can do is just give themselves more time to get to where their going," Sandifer said. "Leave a little bit earlier in the morning, so you can get to work on time, especially in conditions like this. If it's foggy, you've got to reduce that speed."
The exact cause of the wrecks is still being investigated. Although no serious injuries were reported, some involved in the crashes were taken to the hospital to be checked out.
Many different agencies responded to the crashes to assist with getting the injured, direct traffic and investigate what caused the wrecks.