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September 01, 2020

Independence Man Dies in Four-Car Crash on I-55

On Monday, August 31, 2020, before 11:00 am, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash on southbound Interstate 55 south of US Hwy 51 in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 88-year-old Lloyd O. Tycer of Independence. 

The initial investigation led Troopers to determine that Tycer was southbound on Interstate 55 in a 2005 Lincoln Towncar when he began to slow due to congestion in front of him. A 2005 GMC 2500 Sierra driven by 46-year-old Adam E. Calcote was southbound on Interstate 55 behind Tycer’s vehicle and, for reasons still under investigation, did not slow down due to the congested traffic. The GMC Sierra ran into the rear of the Lincoln Towncar. The Lincoln Towncar was pushed forward where it impacted a 2008 Nissan Altima. The Altima was pushed forward into a 2018 Hyundai Elantra. 

Tycer sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced deceased on the scene. The occupants of all the involved vehicles were properly restrained and impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash. As part of the ongoing investigation, blood or breath samples were collected from all drivers for scientific analysis. Calcote was cited for Careless Operation. The crash investigation is on-going and any further charges will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa District Attorney’s office for review. 

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists to make good, safe decisions such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, obeying the speed limit, and avoiding all distractions which can often mean the difference between life and death. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.

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