Head-on collision in Jeff Davis Parish kills 1 and injures 2

FENTON, LA (KPLC) - A head-on collision on U.S. Highway 165 about 5 miles south of Fenton in Jeff Davis Parish killed a Rayne man and injured 2 other people.

State Police Troop D responded to the 2 vehicle crash at 12:28 am Sunday morning, and Troopers say 30-year-old Brandon Bertrand was driving against traffic when he struck another vehicle traveling south in the southbound lane.

Bertrand was not wearing his seat belt and sustained fatal injuries due to the crash. A passenger in Bertrand's car was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries, while the other driver sustained moderate injuries.

A standard toxicology sample was obtained from both drivers and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Last year in Louisiana, sixty-five percent of vehicle occupants that were killed in a crash were not properly restrained. Troop D troopers have investigated 28 fatal crashes in 2010, resulting in 32 fatalities.

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