Driver killed in Monday morning wreck identified
The Crowley man killed when his vehicle going the wrong way on Interstate 10 struck another vehicle head on early Monday has been positively identified.
Brandon Thomas, 29, of Crowley died and eight others were injured in the fiery wreck west of the Egan exit.
The driver, not wearing a seatbelt, according to police, was pronounced dead at the scene by Monte Briggs with the Acadia Parish Coroner's Office.
According to investigating troopers, on January 25, 2010, shortly after 2:30 a.m., Thomas' 1995 Mercury Cougar was traveling east in the westbound lanes of I-10 near milepost 70.
A 2003 Ford Crown Victoria, driven by Tiffany Fine, 24, of Orange, Texas, was stopped on the westbound shoulder due to mechanical failure.
The Mercury veered from the westbound lanes and struck the Ford head on. After impact, both vehicles came to rest in the north ditch and the Ford caught fire.
There were eight occupants in the Ford, five of whom were minors. All of the occupants were able to exit the vehicle safely. Fine, as well as an eight-year-old minor sustained severe injuries. The other occupants of the vehicle sustained moderate injuries and were treated at area hospitals.
Blood and urine samples were taken from both drivers. The samples were sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for toxicology results. Those results are pending. The crash remains under investigation.