A Gonzales man was killed in a head-on crash Sunday that also injured two young children and two adults near Prairieville, according to authorities and emergency medical officials.
Emergency crews responded to the crash around 2:50 p.m. Sunday just south of the East Baton Rouge Parish line on Airline Highway, according to Louisiana State Police.
The driver of a Chevrolet Trailblazer had veered off the road while going around a curve, struck a Jeep Wrangler head-on, and caused a third vehicle to hit the Jeep, officials said.
The driver of the Jeep, Eber Rivas, 22, of Gonzales, suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene, State Police said.
The driver of the SUV was not wearing a seatbelt and suffered serious injuries after being ejected from the vehicle. Two children in the Trailblazer were brought to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, an Acadian Ambulance spokesman said.
The driver of the third vehicle suffered minor injuries, State Police said.
Authorities said they aren't sure why the Trailblazer left the road and believe impairment was not a factor, though toxicology tests are pending.