Just before 6am in front of M&M International and Pinnacle Oilfield Service, a fatal car accident occured when a black Scion TC was trying to pass a vehicle and crashed with a pickup truck head-on, killing both men from each vehicle.
One witness, an M&M employee Mike Martin, was about 30ft from the crash outside the front door. The crash caused both vehicles to land in a ditch in front of both businesses. Martin was unable to speak to media at the scene.
Several workers rushed to put out the flames of the Scion’s engine, which had detached from the car and was lying 40 feet away on the other side of the roadway.
“We put the engine fire out and part of the truck that was also on fire,” Melancon said.
Willie Williams, Louisiana State Trooper, said the Scion was traveling east, passing another vehicle in a no-passing zone. The Dodge was traveling west, he said, when the crash happened. The Scion’s driver was ejected and the front-wheel assembly was torn from the vehicle.
At about 7:20 a.m., State Police were placing a black bag over the Scion’s driver, who was lying in the road closer to the railroad tracks. He was apparently bleeding from his chest area; his white shirt was entirely covered in blood. By 7:50, authorities were using the “Jaws of Life” to extract the driver of the pickup truck, as female and male workers turned their eyes away from the grisly scene.
Melancon said “both appeared dead on impact.” Police cleared the scene and refused to allow anyone closer as rescue workers attempted to extract the truck’s driver from his vehicle.