CLINTON, LA (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police reported four people are dead, including an infant, after a fiery, head-on collision Monday night in East Feliciana Parish.
The victims were identified as Brandon Temple, 22, of Norwood; Jakyle Hall, 24, of Norwood; Holley Thomas, 19, of Denham Springs; and Hazel Temple, 1, of Denham Springs.
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Troopers reported the wreck happened on LA 67 north of LA 432, which is north of Clinton and just south of the Louisiana-Mississippi line, around 9:30 p.m.
Tpr. Bryan Lee said the preliminary investigation showed Temple was driving a 2006 Ford 500 north on LA 67 and tried to pass two vehicles in a "No Passing Zone" just before a hill.
He added as Temple got to the top of the hill, his car collided head-on with a 2003 Mitsubishi Outlander driven by Hall, who was headed to his home in Clinton after a family barbecue.
"We were just with him all over here. He had boiled crawfish and barbecued. He left last night and he said 'I'll see y'all.' But we had no idea that it would be the last time we would see him," said Hall's aunt Ella Dunn.
Lee said both vehicles burst into flames after the collision, taking the lives all four victims.
"I just heard this really loud explosion like right beside us and it took us a few seconds to realize the car that had just passed us had hit head on with the car that was behind us," said Kate Falgout.
Kate and Bobby Falgout both witnessed the crash and called 911. They said others raced against time to help.
"Every second was like a minute, and you want to help, but there's nothing you can do," Kate Falgout said
"There was a guy in his steel-toed boots, knocking the windows out just to try to see if he could save anybody," Bobby Falgout said.
According to Lee, Hall was alone in the small SUV, while Brandon Temple was driving with his fiancee Holley Thomas and daughter Hazel Temple in the vehicle.
"Due to the severity of the crash, seat belt and alcohol usage is unknown," Lee stated in a written release.
The investigation is ongoing.
This wreck happened nearly four years to the hour of another deadly head-on collision. A drunk-driving crash on LA 67 near LA 412 in Slaughter.
Troopers said 15 people died in crashes across the state during the Memorial Day weekend.