CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - Authorities are on the scene of a serious crash involving three vehicles and resulted in at least one death Tuesday morning.
The crash happened on LA 67 (Plank Road) between LA 959 and the town of Clinton. Officials said it is about five miles south of Clinton.
Louisiana State Police say that 51-year-old James McFadden III, of Amite, was killed due to injuries sustained in the Tuesday morning crash. Six others involved in the crash were taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Troopers reported a total of 10 people were involved in the crash.
Police investigating the crash found that 18-year-old Michael Davidson, of Slaughter, was traveling northbound on LA 67 when his vehicle crossed the center lane, sideswiping 42-year-old Shaletha Loyd's vehicle traveling southbound, eventually striking McFadden's vehicle head on in the southbound lane.
According to witnesses, children headed to school were in some of the vehicles. A woman said five of her family members were being checked out at area hospitals. She explained how she found out about the crash.
"I'm on my way to work and I'm in the line and I happen to see one of my nieces truck pass me at a high speed on the neutral side and I'm like, 'Oh God, that's one of my family members,'" she said. "And I get down here and everybody's all laid out and stuff."
The highway was partially closed for a while, but was reopened before 11:30 a.m.
A toxicology sample was taken from all drivers, and are being processed.
Troopers are still investigating the crash, and charges are pending.