A small Acadiana town’s mayor was killed and four others were taken to a hospital after a head-on crash near New Iberia on Friday night, State Police said.
Albert Broussard, 65, the mayor of Loreauville, was a passenger in a Ford Mustang headed west on La. 86 near Lake Teche Road at around 6:40 p.m. when an oncoming Dodge Ram crossed the center divider and crashed into the Mustang, said Brooks David, a State Police spokesman.
The Ram swerved while heading around a curve because a youth who was riding as a passenger jerked the steering wheel, David said. Alcohol was not a suspected factor in the crash.
Broussard was killed at the scene, and the driver of the car he was riding in — Phyllis Savoy, 62 — was taken to a hospital with critical injuries, David said.
Three passengers in the other vehicle, none of whom were wearing seat belts, also were taken to a hospital with moderate to minor injuries, David said. Two of them, Forrest Simon, 34, and his passenger, Catherine Derouen, 26, were cited for seat belt violations, and the youth was cited for a driver’s obstruction violation, David said.