2 killed after vehicle careened through I-10 barriers in St. James Parish crash
GRAMERCY - Two men were killed when a vehicle went through barriers in a Wednesday night wreck on I-10 in St. James Parish, according to Louisiana State Police.
Troopers identified the two deceased drivers as 45-year-old David Curtis of New Orleans and 55-year-old Herbert Fernandez of Springfield.
An initial investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Curtis was headed west on I-10 in a 2004 Nissan Armada and Fernandez was simultaneously headed east on I-10 in a 2019 Freightliner Cascade.
For reasons that police are still investigating, Curtis's Nissan veered off-road, over the median, and into eastbound traffic, where it hit Fernandez's Freightliner.
Curtis was not wearing a seatbelt during the collision and was ejected from the vehicle. He died at the crash site.
Though Fernandez was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, he was also pronounced deceased at the scene of the crash.
Similar barriers prevented an 18-wheeler from veering into oncoming traffic on I-10 in West Baton Rouge last month. Officials told WBRZ earlier this year that costs a little under $2,000 to repair the barriers each time they're involved in a wreck.
DOTD has said it spends an average of $1.7 million each year to repair damage to cable barriers.
The wreck Wednesday night is still under investigation.