NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - More than a dozen people were killed on Louisiana roads and highways this weekend, including some that could have been prevented according to State Police. LSP confirms there were 10 deadly crashes between Friday and Monday morning, which resulted in the deaths of 15 people. Some common factors included a lack of seat belt use, impairment, and excessive speed. Several of the crashes involved vehicles crossing over into the opposite lane of travel.
Below is the list of accidents that were handled by Louisiana State Police:
Friday, March 24
Troop A – A crash involving a motorcycle in Ascension Parish resulted in the death of one person.
Troop C – A two-vehicle hit-and-run crash in Lafourche Parish resulted in the death of one person, and impairment is suspected to have been a factor.
Troop A – A four-vehicle crash in West Feliciana Parish resulted in the death of one person.
Troop L – A two-vehicle crash in St. Helena Parish resulted in the deaths of three people, one of which was a 3-month old infant.
Saturday, March 25
Troop E – A two-vehicle head-on crash in Rapides Parish resulted in the deaths of two teenagers, both of whom were unrestrained.
Troop G – A two-vehicle crash in Bossier Parish resulted in the deaths of two people, at least one of which was unrestrained.
Troop E – A single vehicle crash in Avoyelles Parish resulted in the death of an unrestrained person.
Sunday, March 26
Troop I – A two-vehicle crash on I-10 in Acadia Parish resulted in the deaths of two people.
Monday, March 27
Troop A – Troopers are investigating two fatal crashes, the first one a single vehicle crash in East Baton Rouge Parish involving excessive speed leaving one person dead, and the second in Iberville Parish leaving a pedestrian dead.
"As Troopers, the most difficult part of our job is informing someone that their loved one is not coming home," said Colonel Kevin Reeves, Louisiana State Police Superintendent. "Fifteen deaths in a weekend is beyond tragic, but even one death is too many especially when preventable. By simply taking some extra precautions when you travel, you can greatly increase the chance that you will return home safely each and every trip."
Louisiana State Police says the easiest ways to avoid accidents is by buckling up, driving sober, obeying speed limits and avoiding distractions. Further information on these crashes can be found at www.Facebook.com/LouisianaStatePolice.