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LSP identifies driver charged in pileup

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Posted: Jan 29, 2013 3:14 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Jan 29, 2013 3:14 PM
Source: Louisiana State Police

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Topics: geismar, ascension parish, pileup, chain-reaction, wreck, traffic, tractor-trailer, Derrick W. Myles, State Police, LSP

GEISMAR - State Police released the name of a truck driver accused of causing a chain-reaction wreck this morning which closed La. 30 in Ascension Parish for hours.

Trooper Jared Sandifer said they arrested Derrick W. Myles, 35, of Plaquemine after they said he didn't stop his tractor-trailer at the intersection of La. 30 and La. 73, and rear-ended the car in front of him.

Sandifer said the collision pushed the car forward, hitting an SUV and sending it into a nearby pickup. Myles' truck and the car kept going, knocking a pickup into another tractor-trailer and crushing all four vehicles together.

Sandifer said all the drivers were wearing their seatbelts. The driver of the car Myles rear-ended was taken to St. Elizabeth's Hospital with serious injuries, but is in stable condition. The other drivers all had minor to moderate injuries.

Troopers charged Myles with reckless operation and negligent injuring, and submitted a sample of his blood to the State Police Crime Lab to test for any other impairment. Sandifer Myles could face more charges depending on the results of that analysis.State Police initially said this morning they believed Myles was impaired, and warned drivers in a press release this afternoon to never get behind the wheel if impaired, fatigued, or distracted by other activities or devices.

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