***UPDATE 12:15 p.m.***: LSP Master Trooper Brooks David said 25-year-old Vineeth Keesara, of Lafayetfte, was killed while attempting to help anothert driver retreive a disabled U-Haul trailer early this morning.

David said 26-year-old Tanika Adams, of Jacksonville, Fla., was driving a Volkswagen Tiguan when the U-Haul trailer she was pulling became detatched near mile marker 144 on Interstate 10 around 1 a.m.

Then, Keesara pulled over to help Adams retrieve the trailer that came to rest in the outside lane of I-10.

While attempting to avoid the U-Haul trailer, 81-year-old Oscar Floyd struck the trailer with his tractor-trailer truck. The Peterbilt struck the disabled trailer and then the Volkswagen. During the collisions, both Adams and Keesara were struck.

Keesara sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Martin Parish Coroner’s Office. Adams sustained critical injuries and was transported to Lafayette General Medical Center by Acadian Ambulance.

Troopers determined Floyd was not impaired at the time of the crash. He voluntarily submitted to a chemical test and his results indicated .000g%. Troopers do not suspect impairment to be a factor in the crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken from Adams and Keesara and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.



Louisiana State Police says that one person is dead after an 18-wheeler swerved onto the side of Interstate Ten westbound just after midnight.

LSP says that a U-Haul being towed by a car came loose on the Interstate early this morning, and the driver of the car pulled over to deal with the situation.

This situation unfolded just west of Henderson.

Another car stopped to help the first driver, and one car was pushed on top of the other after the 18-wheeler swerved onto the right shoulder of the roadway, and one person was killed.

Two people are also at area hospitals being treated, but they are in critical condition.