Saturday afternoon (May 26, 2018), Louisiana State Police Troop L responed to a multi-vehicle crash on I-12 east at LA 21 near Covington that involved ten vehicles and resulted in four fatalities.
Troopers’ preliminary investigation revealed that traffic was stopped or slowing to a stop on I-12 east at LA 21 due to congestion. An 18-wheeler failed to stop and started a chain reaction crash with nine other vehicles. The 18-wheeler jackknifed during the crash and caught fire, along with three other vehicles.
The driver of the 18-wheeler died on the scene and positive identification has yet to be confirmed. Also dead are Yoland Simmons and Keland Simmons of Baton Route and Rachel Lehmann of Mandeville. Several individuals were taken to local hospitals with minor/moderate injuries, including a St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy. All injured parties are expected to make a full recovery. Impairment has not yet been determined.