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Driver seriously injured in head-on crash on Hwy.27

Updated: Jul. 13, 2018 at 9:56 PM CDT
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(Source: KPLC)
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CARLYSS, LA (KPLC) - Authorities say distracted driving may be to blame for a head-on collision that left the driver of an SUV seriously injured.

Louisiana State police said the accident happened at 11:30 a.m. on Hwy 27 near the intersection of Johnny Jones road heading towards Carlyss.

The driver of a white Ford SUV was traveling northbound when it struck an 18-wheeler head-on. The driver of the SUV sustained serious injuries, resulting in them having to be airlifted to a Lafayette hospital. The collision caused the driver of the 18-wheeler to veer off into a nearby wooded area.

The 18-wheeler contained the hazardous material, caustic soda, which prompted officials to delay removing it from the crash site.

The driver of the 18-wheeler sustained only minor injuries.

At this time, state police estimate that it will take several hours before the 18-wheeler is removed.

Sgt. James Anderson with Louisiana State Police says that for now, all traffic heading northbound will have to be diverted west to Cotton Vincent Rd.

All southbound traffic will have to merge onto the intersection at Johnny Jones Rd. until the truck is removed.

7News will update this story as more info becomes available.

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