Houma, LA : One dead, two injured in three-car crash on Highway 311 in Houma on Saturday, January 3, 2015
A Thibodaux man is dead, and two other men suffered moderate injuries in a three-car crash in Houma Saturday night (Jan. 3).
The Terrebonne Parish coroner's office pronounced Chad Labat, 34, dead at the scene after he was ejected from his car near the intersection of Equity Boulevard and Louisiana Highway 311, Trooper Evan Harrell, spokesman for the State Police, said.
The wreck occurred about 10 p.m. Labat was driving southbound on Highway 311 in a 2002 Honda Accord when his car rotated counter-clockwise and crossed into the northbound lanes, Harrell said.
Investigators aren't sure why Labat lost control of his car. He hit a 2015 Honda Accord being driven by a 53-year-old Metairie man.
The force of the crash broke Labat's car into three pieces and ejected him from the vehicle. A section of Labat's car hit a third vehicle, a 1994 Chevrolet pick-up truck being driving by a 49-year-old Belle Chasse man.
Because of the damage to the vehicle, troopers aren't sure whether Labat was wearing a seat belt, Harrell said.
Paramedics took the Metairie and Belle Chasse drivers to Terrebonne General Medical Center for treatment of moderate injuries.
The crash is still under investigation, Harrell said. Troopers are awaiting the results of toxicology tests for Labat. State Police also took blood samples from the other two drivers.
Harrell cautioned drivers to slow down in inclement weather, such as rain, when roads can be wet and hazardous. He reminded drivers always to use headlights in bad weather and wear seat belts.
State police: Thibodaux man in 3 vehicle crash on La. Hwy. 311 in Terrebonne Parish