Louisiana State Police investigates pair of deadly crashes

Louisiana State Police investigates pair of deadly crashes

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police troopers investigated two early morning deadly car crashes in south Louisiana on Sunday.

Officials said the first happened just after 1 a.m. on LA 330 in Vermilion Parish.

Investigators said a truck driven by Frank Blanchard, 64, went off the road. They said he then over-corrected, crossing both lanes and went off the road on the other side. According to reports, the pickup hit a culvert and he was ejected. Blanchard was taken to Abbeville General Hospital where he later died from his injuries.

The second crash happened just before 4 a.m. on the elevated portion of I-55 near Ponchatoula.

Troopers reported two vehicles, a Honda and a Volkswagen, collided on I-55 North. Both cars reportedly pulled over, but were only partially on the shoulder and in the left lane.

According to investigators, both drivers were outside of their vehicles when a 2003 Toyota truck hit the Honda and its driver. The driver of the Honda was killed.

Troopers suspect the driver of the truck, Scott Parfait, 43, was impaired by drugs at the time of the accident. He was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on charges of vehicular homicide, careless operation and driving under suspension.

Toxicology results are pending.

The identity of the driver who was killed in the accident is being withheld until family members are notified.

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