WALKER, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police said two children were killed in a crash Sunday night in Livingston Parish, one driver suspected of impairment was arrested and charges are pending against another driver believed to have been impaired at the time.
Troopers identified the victims as Samuel Shropshire, 4, and Khaiden Ramsey, 6, both of Baton Rouge.
According to investigators, Travis Rose, 50, of Denham Springs, was arrested on multiple charges, including vehicular homicide. Investigators also stated charges are pending against Jerry Ervin III, 26, of Holden.
They reported the wreck happened on LA 447 (Walker South Road) south of I-12 in Walker around 8:30 p.m.
Tpr. Bryan Lee with LSP said the preliminary investigation showed Rose was driving a 1997 truck when he turned out of a private driveway onto Walker South. He added a garbage compactor fell out of the bed of the pickup into one of the lanes on the highway. Lee also said Rose left the compactor in the road and drove back home.
According to reports, a 2015 Toyota Camry driven by Michelle Ramsey, 34, of Baton Rouge, hit the garbage compactor and then pulled onto the shoulder. Reports stated a driver in a 2007 Nissan Versa avoided hitting the compactor, but pulled over behind the Camry.
Authorities said the passengers in the two cars put caution triangles along the highway to warn other drivers of the hazard.
They added while the two drivers were trying to move the garbage compactor off the road, a 1998 Toyota 4Runner driven by Ervin went through the triangles and hit both vehicles, along with the five people standing by them.
Lee said Shrophire and Khaiden Ramsey were pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner's Office. He added Michelle Ramsey, a 16-year-old boy, a 15-year-old girl and Ervin suffered serious injuries and were taken to the hospital. Their current conditions are unknown.
Troopers reported Rose was found at his home and they determined he was impaired. He was booked into the Livingston Parish Detention Center on two counts of vehicular homicide, felony hit and run, aggravated obstruction of highway, failure to secure load and no insurance. The Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office reported Rose's bond was set at $235,417.
Lee said blood samples were taken from Rose and Ervin and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.
The investigation is ongoing.