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One killed in wreck, road back open

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PRAIRIEVILLE - State highway 73 in Ascension Parish re-opened this afternoon after being closed for nine hours after a three-vehicle wreck which killed a Prairieville woman.

State Police said the wreck happened around 6:30 a.m. on La. 73 north of Airline Highway. They said Carolyn Brulliette, 56, died in the crash.

Investigators said an SUV driven by Ashton Claiborne, 29, of Gonzales was traveling behind Broulliette and tried to pass her in a no-passing zone. As he tried to pass State Police said Claiborne hit a cement truck head-on, causing the truck to rotate and hit Broulliette's car.

People who live in the area say the road is plagued by inconsiderate drivers.

"People are in a hurry, they want to get to where they're going, they're running red lights, they're not courteous, they run red lights," said Nancy Messer, who lives near the wreck.

Now residents want change on the road after the fatal accident.

"They need to widen this road, or at least put shoulders, because if someone goes off the edge, your only options are to go into oncoming traffic or off into the ditch," said Stacy Kraemer, who lives nearby.

Troopers said Claiborne, who was not wearing a seat belt, had moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital. The driver of the cement truck and Broulliette were both properly restrained; State Police said the truck driver had moderate injuries, and Broulliette died from her injuries at a local hospital.

The crash remains under investigation, and La. 73 remained closed until 3:30 p.m. as crews removed the cement truck with a crane. Charges are pending on Claiborne.


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