One charged in six-vehicle pileup on La. 30 Tuesday morning

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- The scene of a traffic accident at La.  73 and La. 30 in Geismar on Tuesday.
Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- The scene of a traffic accident at La. 73 and La. 30 in Geismar on Tuesday.

Louisiana State Police have made one arrest in a six-vehicle crash at La. 30 and La. 73 in Ascension Parish that shut the critical intersection for more than four hours Tuesday morning and resulted in “very serious injuries,” troopers said.

Truck driver Derrick W. Myles, 35, of Plaquemine, was booked into the Ascension Parish Jail on a count of reckless operation and four counts of negligent injuring, Trooper Jared Sandifer said in a news release.

Further charges may be pending and the crash remains under investigation, Sandifer said.

Of all drivers involved in the crash, only Myles’ name was released.

The intersection, which was closed shortly after the crash at 6:25 a.m., reopened at 10:45 a.m., Sandifer said.

The six-vehicle pileup also involved two 18-wheelers, Sandifer said.

Myles was driving a 1996 Peterbilt tractor-trailer north on La. 30 when he failed to stop while approaching the intersection of La. 30 and La. 73, Sandifer said in a news release.

Myles’ tractor-trailer rear-ended a 2007 Honda Civic that was stopping at the red light of the intersection, Sandifer said.

After striking the Civic, Myles’ tractor-trailer and the Civic continued forward and hit a 2003 Ford Explorer, Sandifer said.

The Explorer then struck a 2004 Chevrolet pickup before crossing into the southbound lanes and overturning, Sandifer said.

Myles’ tractor-trailer and the Civic continued to travel forward, striking a 2003 GMC Sierra pickup on the drivers’ side, Sandifer said.

The GMC Sierra then hit a 2006 Peterbilt tractor-trailer, Sandifer said.

Myles’ tractor-trailer, the Honda Civic, the red GMC Sierra pickup truck and the second tractor-trailer came to rest crushed together, Sandifer said.

The driver of the Honda Civic was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital with serious injuries, Sandifer said. He remains in stable condition at this time.

All other drivers involved suffered minor to moderate injuries in the crash, Sandifer said.

All drivers involved were using their seat belts at the time of the crash, Sandifer said.

Troopers are not sure if Myles was impaired, but a toxicology sample from him has been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, Sandifer said.

The intersection of La. 73 and La. 30 is the crossing of two key highways for workers and trucks headed to Ascension’s chemical plants along the east bank of the Mississippi River.