State de-icing truck crash in Acadia triggers fatal pileup

An 18-year-old Lafayette woman died Saturday of injuries suffered in an early Friday morning three-car pileup in Acadia Parish, which started when a state transportation department de-icing truck crashed because of slippery conditions.

The pileup happened around 2:30 a.m. Friday on U.S. 90 between Crowley and Rayne, said Trooper First Class Stephen Hammons, a spokesman for State Police Troop I.

A passenger in the third vehicle involved in the crash, Angelle Smith, 18, of Lafayette, died Saturday as a result of injuries she suffered in the Friday crash, Hammons said in a news release.

Cedric Williams, 57, of Mermentau, was driving a Department of Transportation and Development dump truck eastbound on U.S. 190 about 2:30 a.m., attempting to de-ice an overpass, when he lost control and crashed into a westbound guardrail, Hammons said.

The DOTD truck was soon struck by a westbound Chevrolet truck driven by Verna Jackson, 55, of Rayne, who was wearing a seat belt and suffered moderate injuries, Hammons said.

A short time later, a westbound Pontiac car also crashed into the DOTD truck. Williams was not inside the truck at the time and wasn’t injured when the truck first struck the guardrail, Hammons said.

Blair Comeaux, 22, of Lafayette, was driving the Pontiac, and he and Smith were taken to hospitals in critical condition. Neither Comeaux nor Smith was wearing a seat belt in the crash, Hammons said.

Comeaux remains hospitalized in stable condition, Hammons said.

The crash remains under investigation by troopers, and it’s unknown whether impairment factored in to the crash, Hammons said.

The crash marked the third fatal crash Troop I has investigated in 2014, Hammons said.