On June 1, 2022, shortly after 10:30, troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash on LA 30 near Copperhead Rd. in Ascension Parish. Howard Evans, 36, of Prairieville, died in the crash.
The initial investigation revealed that Evans was driving a 2020 Chevrolet Impala west on LA 30. At the same time, a big rig tanker was being driven east on LA 30. For reasons still being investigated, Evans crossed the centerline, entered the opposing lane, and hit the tanker head-on. After the impact, the Impala went up in flames.
Evans, who was unrestrained at the time of the crash, died on the scene.
The driver of the tanker was properly restrained and did not sustained any injuries.
A toxicology sample was collected from the driver of the big rig and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.