Police: Lafayette student killed in I-10 crash

A Paul Breaux Middle School student died Wednesday from injuries he sustained in a vehicle crash on Interstate 10 near University Avenue, Lafayette Parish school Superintendent Pat Cooper said.

The student was being driven to school when the crash occurred, Cooper said during Wednesday’s School Board meeting.

“We don’t have any other information about it,” Cooper said.

“We do have the health and wellness team on standby to provide some assistance at the school,” Cooper said. “Our prayers are with that family.”

Lafayette police Cpl. Kyle Soriez said the accident occurred at 7:22 a.m. Wednesday just west of the University Avenue exit when a Ford truck driver traveling eastbound on I-10 crossed the median for unknown reasons and struck a westbound Pontiac sedan with a driver and two passengers.

The Ford truck driver and the Pontiac sedan’s occupants were transported to hospitals for what at the time appeared to be moderate injuries, Soriez said in a news release.

“Traffic investigators were later notified that a 13-year-old passenger from the Pontiac sedan died at an area hospital as a result of injuries sustained in the crash,” he said.

Soriez said the driver and surviving passenger from the Pontiac sedan remain hospitalized with moderate to serious injuries.

The driver of the Ford truck remains in serious condition, he said.