Driver in I-12 accident faces DWI charge
The westbound lanes of Interstate 12 near Walker were shut down for four hours early Friday morning after an accident involving an 18-wheeler and a car. The driver of the car, Ryan Wayne Stewart, 27, of Livingston, faces a charge of driving while intoxicated as well as other charges.
The crash occurred at around 2:30 a.m. near the 14.5 mile marker. Walker Police said a 2003 Nissan Infinity traveling eastbound crossed the median and struck an 18-wheeler. The driver and passenger of the Infinity were trapped inside the vehicle, and the 18-wheeler caught fire.
The 18-wheeler later exploded, sending large pieces of debris all over the interstate. The driver and passenger of the truck were able to get out before the explosion.
Stewart and Donald Chase Cade, 26, of Livingston, were extracted from the vehicle and transported to Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. They remain in serious but stable condition.
Stewart faces charges for first offense DWI, negligent injury, failure to maintain control, driving under suspension and no seat belt.
The interstate was shut down for hours as officers and other emergency personnel cleaned up debris from the accident.
I-12 reopened at about 6:45 a.m.