POSTED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:00pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 - 1:47pm
GONZALES, LA (NBC33) — THIS IS AN NBC33 NEWS UPDATE: The Gonzales Police Department reports that motorists called the Police Department around 4:15 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29 to report a person driving a 2010 Chrysler Sebring driving the wrong way down I-10 near mile marker 179. Before officers could get to the location, a deadly crash had already occurred.
Three vehicles were involved in the crash. The Interstate was shut down for the safety of passing vehicles for three hours.
The vehicle that caused the accident was being driven the wrong way down the Interstate by Brenda A. Quiett, 59, who was traveling to Baton Rouge from New Orleans. The vehicle she was driving was a rental as Quiett had just arrived to Louisiana from Oregon. She was in town to visit family and was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the accident.
Quiett struck a 2007 Scion being driven by Peggy P. Fortenberry, 69, of Gonzales. The two collided head-on and were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Fortenberry was a contract worker for Paretti Jaguar and was driving the Scion to a dealership in New Olreans.
A third vehicle was also involved in the accident, but sustained very minor injuries. That truck was being driven by Paulene B. Langlois, 49, of St. Amant. Langlois struck the back end of the Scion.
Investigators are still working to figure out why the driver was going the wrong way down the Interstate. An autopsy and toxicology report is being conducted by the Ascension Parish Coroner’s Office.
ORIGINAL STORY: NBC33 News has learned that two people have died as the result of a traffic accident on I-10 East in Gonzales.
The accident happened just before 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 29. We’re told that a vehicle was traveling the wrong way down the Interstate. Investigators with the Gonzales Police Department are still trying to determine the cause of the accident.
Traffic is being diverted off the Gonzales Exit and the back on the Entrance Ramp.