A chemical spill from the accident at around 10 p.m. had the road blocked for several hours. Troopers and hazmat crews were on the scene until almost 5:30 a.m.
Troopers said a 2009 Chevrolet SUV, being driven by Damiyhan Verrett, 33, of Raceland, was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of U.S 90. when it struck an eastbound vehicle. The eastbound vehicle was a 2008 Dodge one-ton pickup pulling a gooseneck trailer that was transporting flammable and corrosive hazardous materials.
After impact, the pickup traveled through the median, crossed both westbound lanes of U.S. 90, and came to rest in a wooded area north of the roadway. Louisiana DEQ and LSP Hazmat remained on-scene to oversee the cleanup efforts through the night.
Verrett was pronounced dead on the scene by the St. Mary Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the pickup, Stuart Primeaux, 51, of Lafayette, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
Troopers suspect Verrett was impaired, which played a factor in the crash. They do not suspect impairment on Primeaux, however, samples of both drivers’ blood have been submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis.