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Iowa man killed in one of two fatal accidents in Acadia Parish

Accident on I-10 East near Duson.
Accident on I-10 East near Duson.(Louisiana Department of Transportation)
Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 11:15 AM CDT
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Acadia Parish, LA (KPLC) - An Iowa man was killed in one of two fatal accidents on I-10 in Acadia Parish Tuesday morning, authorities said.

John Cooper Guidry, 30, of Iowa, and Joshua Lee Babineaux, 34, of Lafayette, were both killed in a four-vehicle crash in the westbound lanes of I-10, west of Duson, shortly before 8 a.m., according to Trooper Thomas Gossen, spokesman for Louisiana State Police Troop I.

A second fatal crash on I-10 eastbound near Egan just before 11 a.m. left one dead, Gossen said.

*Update* Police have identified the man in the second accident as Morris Levine, Jr., 83, of Houston, TX.

Two killed near Duson

An eastbound 2011 Freightliner 18-wheeler driven by Nicholas Anthony, 67, of New Iberia, suffered a failure to one of its front tires, causing the crash, according to Gossen.

Gossen said when the tire failed, Anthony lost control and struck an eastbound Ford F250, dragging the F250 across the median and into westbound traffic, where the 18-wheeler then hit a 2018 Toyota RAV4 and a 2016 Ram pickup pulling a livestock trailer with several head of cattle.

Babineaux was driving the RAV4 and Guidry was a passenger in the Ram pickup, according to Gossen. Guidry was unrestrained, but troopers were not able to tell whether Babineaux was wearing a seatbelt due to the severity of the damage, Gossen said.

Everyone else involved in the crash was transported to area hospitals with injuries that ranged from minor to severe, Gossen said.

Although impairment is not suspected, toxicology samples were taken for analysis, Gossen said.

Police say several cattle were also killed in the crash.

Fatality near Egan

Traffic had slowed due to a single-vehicle crash on I-10 east as the driver of a 2009 Ram pickup approached the congestion and sideswiped a stopped 18-wheeler, according to Gossen.

After the impact with the 18-wheeler, the driver of the Ram rear-ended a Ford F150, according to Gossen

The driver of the Ram sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene despite being properly restrained, Gossen said.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, who was wearing a seat belt, was not injured, Gossen said. The driver and occupants of the F150 were properly restrained and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, Gossen said.

Although impairment is not suspected, toxicology samples were taken from all drivers for analysis, Gossen said.

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