PRAIRIEVILLE — State troopers arrested a dump truck driver Friday who went through a red light on Airline Highway in Ascension Parish and ran into a car, killing a Livingston Parish woman and hitting three other vehicles, Louisiana State Police reported.
Three of four lanes on Airline Highway were closed for several hours and the highway in Prairieville wasn't fully reopened until 1 p.m., four and a half hours after the crash, troopers said.
David Henley, 59, of Norwood, was booked into the Ascension Parish Prison near Donaldsonville on counts of negligent homicide and disregarding a traffic control, troopers said in a news release.
Kathie Polite, 60, of Springfield, who was wearing her seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Ascension Parish Coroner's Office, troopers said.
She was driving a 2014 Chevrolet Equinox through the intersection of Airline and La. 929 about 8:30 a.m. when the dump truck that Henley was driving hit the driver's side of Polite's car, troopers said.
Polite was trying to turn left from La. 929 onto Airline after her light turned green, troopers said. Henley was driving in the northbound lane of Airline.
Once the dump truck hit Polite's car, both vehicles crossed Airline's median and hit three more passenger vehicles stopped in Airline's southbound turn lane at La. 929, troopers said.
One other driver had minor injuries and was taken to an area hospital. Troopers said they do not suspect any of the drivers were impaired by alcohol or drugs, but toxicology samples will be taken from them all.