RAYNE VOLUNTEER FIREMEN were called to the scene Sunday night when a car struck a utility pole on U.S. 90 and burst into flames. The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. (Submitted photo)
One dead in fiery car crash Sunday near Rayne
On Nov. 20, shortly after 2:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop I investigated a single vehicle crash on U.S. 90 near Llama Road in Rayne where an unidentified person was killed after the vehicle crashed and caught fire.
The investigation revealed that a 2012 Mitsubishi Lancer was traveling west on U.S. 90 in Acadia Parish. For unknown reasons, the Lancer crossed the centerline, ran off of the left side of the roadway, entered a ditch and struck a utility pole.
After impact with the utility pole, the vehicle caught fire.
Due to the damage sustained in the crash, it is unknown if the driver was wearing a seat belt. The driver was unable to escape the vehicle and perished in the fire. The driver was unidentified at press time and was pronounced dead on the scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office.
Investigating Troopers are currently working on positively identifying the driver.
Alcohol use is unknown at this time and routine toxicology tests are pending. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers remind everyone to remain safe on the roads and never get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you have had any alcoholic beverages. While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant’s chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury.
Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Taking the time to buckle up every trip and every time is the single most effective thing you can do to protect yourself in a crash.