Driver Killed in St. James Parish Crash

Published 1:53 pm Wednesday, July 17, 2019

GRAMERCY – Shortly before 5:30 a.m. on July 17, Louisiana State Police Troop A began investigating a two vehicle fatal crash on US Hwy 61 south of I-10 in St. James Parish. The crash took the life of 26-year-old Sean Q. Thomas of Vacherie.

The initial investigation revealed that Thomas was traveling in the left southbound lane of US Hwy 61 in a 2014 box truck. At the same time, the driver of a 2011 Kenworth tractor-trailer was making a U-turn from the left southbound lane of US Hwy 61 to travel northbound. For unknown reasons, Thomas’ vehicle struck the rear of the tractor-trailer.

Thomas suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash. Due to vehicle damage, seat belt use on his part is unknown. Impairment is not suspected for either driver, but standard toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. This crash remains under investigation, and there is no further information at this time.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Never drive while impaired, fatigued, or distracted, always ensure every occupant is properly restrained, and follow all traffic laws. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.