WAGGAMAN, LA (WVUE) - Police on Tuesday released the names of the three men who died in a fiery, two-vehicle head-on collision in Waggaman. The crash occurred just after 9 a.m. in the 5000 block of US 90.
State Police said a preliminary investigation revealed that a 2001 Porsche 911 Carrera, driven by 19-year-old Scott Garcie of Luling, was traveling at a very high rate of speed on US 90 East. Garcie lost control of the car and traveled into the left westbound lane. The Porsche then struck a Penske box truck head-on and killed the driver of the truck, 40-year-old Henry Aucoin of New Orleans. The passenger in the Porsche, 54-year-old Elroy Lauman of Luling, was also killed in the crash.
A witness said workers nearby used fire extinguishers to try and put out the fire that erupted after the crash and then broke the window of the Penske truck to try and get the driver out.
"I heard a boom," one witness said. "When I looked up, I seen the Penske truck going up in the air and caught on fire. It lost its rear axle and parts of the truck. Then right underneath it I saw the car spinning. I seen it was demolished. I instantly called 911."
Police said Lauman was restrained at the time of the crash but Garcie and Aucoin were not. It is not yet known if impairment was a factor. Toxicology tests will be performed during the autopsy, and the crash remains under investigation.