Multiple vehicle collision leads to Carriere resident’s death

Published 7:00 am Thursday, January 5, 2017

Update 1-5-17, 1:30 p.m.
According to the St. Tammany Farmer, the accident occurred when an SUV entered the southbound lane of Interstate 59 heading north, sideswiping a truck and then colliding with a four-door sedan head-on.

Ethan Robert Carroll, 26, was a passenger in the sedan at the time of the accident.

Pearl River Police Department Chief J.J. Jennings told the St. Tammany Farmer that good samaritans passing the accident stopped to pull the three victims from the sedan before it caught fire. Due to the efforts of the passerby’s it is unknown if the occupants of the vehicle were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

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Jennings told the St. Tammany Farmer that three people, two men and a woman, were airlifted to University Medical Center New Orleans.

The chief told the St. Tammany Farmer that it is currently unknown why the driver of the SUV responsible for the accident was in the wrong lane. Representatives for the Pearl River Police Department are still declining to release the identities, and possible charges, of the other people involved in the accident.

Original story below
The Pearl River, La., Police Department responded to a multiple vehicle accident Friday night on Interstate-59 that involved the death of a Carriere resident.
Sgt. Peter Herrmann said the Pearl River Police Department received a call around 6 p.m. on Dec. 30 about a multiple-vehicle accident near the three-mile marker on the southbound side of the interstate.
Herrmann said an SUV was driving north in the southbound lane, when it struck two vehicles.
The driver of an unidentifiable vehicle, Ethan Carroll, 26, of 149 Tripp Lane, Carriere, was pronounced dead on the scene, St. Tammany Parrish spokesman James Hartman said.
Carroll suffered multiple blunt force traumas, including injuries to the head, chest and internal organs, as a result of the accident, Hartman said.
A toxicology report is pending, he said.
Hartman said Carroll was traveling with other passengers whose names have not been released.
So far, there have been no other fatalities related to the accident, Hartman said.
Herrmann said he could not release the name of the driver of the SUV due to pending charges, which include vehicular homicide.
A second driver was also seriously injured and remains in the hospital, Herrmann said.
Herrmann declined to comment further on the accident, stating it was an ongoing investigation.

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