A three-car crash on Interstate 55 in Hammond killed a 60-year-old Arkansas woman and left her husband in critical condition on Friday evening.
Brittany Barber Spears, 26, of Franklinton, rear-ended one vehicle about 6:30 p.m. before crossing the median and striking head-on a car being driven by Charles Williams, 64, of Sherwood, Arkansas, State Police spokesman Dustin Dwight said in a news release.
Williams’ wife, Mariam Williams, who was in the passenger seat and was wearing a seat belt, suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene, Dwight said. Charles Williams was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
State Police said the fatal crash occurred when Spears, driving a 2004 Toyota Avalon northbound on I-55, rear-ended a pickup truck driven by Thomas J. Stephens, 62, of Amite, then crossed into the southbound lane. She crashed head-on into the 2013 Kia Optima being driven by Charles Williams, Dwight said. Spears suffered moderate injuries, and Stephens, of Amite, was not injured, Dwight said.
Investigators do not believe impairment was a factor in the crash, but blood samples were taken from both injured drivers and sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis, Dwight said.
The crash remains under investigation.