PONCHATOULA, La. – At 6:40 AM on Wednesday, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on the elevated section of Interstate 55 northbound near milepost 21. The crash has claimed the lives of 78-year-old Earl J. Daigle and his passenger 73 year-old Anna Nimon, both were from Schriever.
The initial on-scene investigation led Troopers to determine that the crash occurred as Daigle was driving a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport Trac northbound on Interstate 55 in the right lane. Daigle’s vehicle was struck from behind by a 2005 Chevrolet Silverado driven by 43-year-old Brian D. Gregoire of Ponchatoula. Following the impact, Daigle’s vehicle crashed into the right bridge rail. Daigle’s vehicle then traveled across both northbound lanes as it overturned and struck the left bridge rail. Nimon, the front seat passenger, sustained fatal injuries in the crash. She was pronounced deceased on-scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office. Daigle sustained severe injuries in the crash and was transported to North Oaks Health Systems in critical condition. Shortly after Daigle’s arrival to the hospital, he succumbed to injuries he sustained in the crash. Gregoire was not injured in the crash. All occupants were wearing their seatbelts and impairment is not suspected as a contributing factor. The investigation is ongoing. Any criminal findings will be forwarded to the Tangipahoa Parish District Attorney’s Office pending the outcome of the investigation.
Troopers would like to remind motorists of the importance of safe decisions behind the wheel. Generally, fatal outcomes can be prevented with sound decisions behind the wheel. Please take a moment this weekend and speak to your loved ones about the importance of their safe decisions. Remind them to always wear a seatbelt, never drive impaired, and to always avoid distractions. The conversation could be the difference in a serious crash.