LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - An accident along Highway 165 left two vehicles virtually unrecognizable after a white Ford truck, traveling north, cut through the median and struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction head on.
According to police, 45-year-old Sheila Serie of Ville Platte was a passenger in the vehicle at fault. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
34-year-old Shannon Cox of Lake Charles was in the vehicle that was struck, and she too was pronounced dead on the scene.
46-year-old Beth Zilbert of Lake Charles was a passenger in vehicle that was hit. She was airlifted to a local hospital with moderate injuries.
The driver, 45-year-old Roy Serie of Ville Platte - who police say is responsible - also sustained moderate injuries.
According to police, before the driver cut through the median, witnesses say he was obviously having problems.
"Approximately four miles north of I-10, the vehicle started to run off the road for unknown reasons," said Sgt James Anderson with Louisiana State Police.
According to State Police, witnesses on the scene say Roy Serie said he was having trouble staying awake while driving.
"It is the responsibility of any driver to be sure that they are in a responsible state of mind before they get behind the wheel of a vehicle," said Sgt. Anderson.
To cover all bases, State Police did retrieve blood samples from Roy Serie, and toxicology tests are pending.