The Louisiana State Police reported Saturday that an 18-wheeler struck a sedan that was turning on the LA 38 East in the city of Kentwood. The driver of the sedan was stopped on the road because she was making a left turn into a private driveway when the truck was approaching.
Unfortunately, the driver of the 18-wheeler did not notice that the sedan had stopped. He failed to put on his breaks until the last minute when he saw the stopped sedan. The truck swerved to the left at the same time the sedan began to make the left turn into the driveway.
The 18-wheeler struck the left side of the car, killing two elderly passengers who were sitting in the back seat of the sedan; the passengers were not wearing seatbelts. The other two occupants of the sedan, the driver and a man sitting in the front passenger's seat, were severely injured and airlifted from the scene of the accident.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was wearing a seatbelt and did not sustain any injuries. Although neither alcohol or drug impairment were not suspected, the truck driver was booked in the Tangipahoa Parish Jail on two charges of negligent homicide and two charges of negligent injury.
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