Two teens die in accident involving 18-wheeler

Two teens die in accident involving 18-wheeler

POSTED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:00am

UPDATED: Monday, April 2, 2012 - 2:04am

Around 5:20 a.m. on Sunday, April 1, Louisiana State Police Troop C investigated a fatality crash on LA 1 at LA 3090 in Fourchon, LA, where two teens were killed from their injuries.

The investigation revealed that a 2000 Lexus 300 was traveling northbound on LA 1 approaching LA 3090. The Lexus was being driven by Taylor Caro,19, of Houma, LA. As the Lexus traveled north on LA 1 it failed to stop at a stop sign and entered the LA 3090 intersection.

The Lexus was struck on the driver's side by a 2003 Peterbilt (18-wheeler) being driven by Luis Contreras, 68, of Amelia, LA. Caro, who was not wearing his seat belt at the time of the crash, was pronounced dead on the scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office.

Alexandra Blaisdell, 18, who was a passenger in Caro's Lexus, was also pronounced dead on the scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner's Office. Blaisdell was wearing her seat belt at the time of the crash.

Contreras, who was wearing a seat belt, did not receive any injuries in the crash.

Alcohol use is unknown at this time and routine toxicology tests are pending. This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers remind motorists that they must come to a complete stop at a stop sign, and make sure it is safe before proceeding through an intersection. While not all crashes are survivable, proper use of seat belts can greatly decrease an occupant's chance of death and may greatly reduce the extent of injury.

Motorists that witness hazardous situations are urged to call *LSP (*577) and report that activity to the Louisiana State Police.

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