Three people, including two children, died Tuesday as a result of a collision on U.S. 190 just east of Hammond, State Police reported.
The wreck occurred just east of the airport when a car ran through a stop sign and was struck on the driver’s side by a pickup, State Police spokesman Nick Manale said.
The automobile driver, her 5-year-old daughter and a 12-old girl died as a result of the crash, he said.
Two other passengers in the car, including the driver’s 4-year-old daughter, received moderate injuries, Manale said.
The driver of the pickup wasn’t injured, the spokesman said.
Those who died were identified as Sarah Robertson, 26, of Independence; Skyler Ciccio, 5, who was sitting in the left rear seat; and Mandy Dennis, 12, of Kentwood, who was sitting in the center of the rear seat, Manale said.
Robertson was driving south on North Coburn Road in a 2003 Oldsmobile Alero when she ran the stop sign into the path of a west-bound Ford F-250 pickup driven by Alan Grice, 26, also of Independence, according to a news release from Troop L.
Manale said the intersection is clearly marked, and investigators are still trying to determine why Robertson failed to stop.
Grice told investigators he saw the car approaching the intersection and thought it was going to stop, but it continued directly into his path.
The wreck occurred about 10:30 a.m.; Robertson, Ciccio and Dennis were all pronounced dead at hospitals, Manale said.
Travis Tackett, 20, of Kentwood, who was in the front passenger seat, and the 4-year old child in the right rear of the car, were both taken to North Oaks Medical Center, Manale said.
He said Tackett and Dennis were siblings.
All passengers in both vehicles were properly restrained, according to State Police.
Grice submitted to a breath alcohol test and showed no detectable signs of alcohol.
Results of drug and alcohol tests on Robertson are pending, State Police reported.