Picayune man involved in four vehicle accident

Published 7:00 am Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A four vehicle accident took the life of a motorcycle rider and led to a Picayune man suffering serious injuries.

According to a release by the Louisiana State Police, on Saturday at about 2:30 p.m. troopers responded to a call in regard to a four vehicle crash that involved two motorcycles, a car and a truck on I-55 just south of LA 16.

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Investigation of the collision determined that two motorcycles operated by Earl H. Jones Jr., 57, of Slidell, La and Ronald Cagler, 60, of Picayune were northbound in the left lane of I-55, the release states. Amber Davis, 43, of Mangham, La. was driving a Chevrolet Malibu just ahead of the motorcycles. According to the release, the two motorcyclists attempted to overtake Davis’ vehicle, but crashed into the back of the vehicle.

According to the release, Jones was ejected from the motorcycle after it veered off the left lane. Cagler’s motorcycle also left the road and entered the median before coming back out of the median and onto the road where it began to flip, ejecting Cagler, the release states.

After Davis’ vehicle was struck she swerved into the right lane where her vehicle crashed into a Toyota Tacoma driven by Thomas Morgan, 70, of French Settlement, La, the release states. The truck and car both traveled off of the right side of the interstate where they finally came to rest.

According to the release, Jones was pronounced dead on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office due to his injuries. Cagler was transported to the North Oaks Medical Center where he is being treated for his injuries, Louisiana State Police State Trooper Dustin Dwight said. Dwight said he has not been updated on Cagler’s condition, though his injuries were serious. Both Cagler and Jones were wearing DOT approved helmets at the time of the crash, the release states.

Cagler was cited for careless operation, the release states.

Davis and her 13-year-old passenger were both taken to North Oaks Medical Center for treatment, the release states.

Morgan was also taken to the medical center for treatment.

Blood samples were taken from all individuals involved to be submitted to the LSP Crime Lab for analysis, the release states.

“Troopers would like to remind all motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Please take a moment to speak with your loved ones about the importance of their safe decisions. Remind them to always wear a seatbelt, never drive impaired, and to avoid distractions. The conversation could be the difference in a serious crash,” the release states.