Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded last night (August 15, 2017) to a two vehicle fatal crash on LA 436 near the intersection of Lewis Rogers Road. Troopers determined that a white Chevrolet truck crossed the center line in a curve and crashed into a black Chevrolet Silverado driven by Wade D. Smith (41) of Franklinton. Both vehicles caught fire.
Several residents near the crash heard the collision and responded to assist the drivers. Brandon Holubar, Byron Graham and Shane Thomas were three of the first on-scene. Despite the fire, the three men entered the cab of the black Silverado to assist the trapped driver.
Troopers are presently working with the Washington and St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office to identify the driver of the white Chevrolet and notify the next of kin. Wade Smith was transported to North Oaks Health Systems with moderate injuries.