Fatal Three-Vehicle Crash Claims Two Lives in St. Landry Parish

Lafayette, Louisiana – A tragic three-vehicle crash in St. Landry Parish claimed the lives of two Lafayette residents, Janie Hobbs, 67, and Shannon Thibodeaux, 34. The devastating incident occurred early on a Wednesday morning around 2 a.m., when a pickup truck collided with the rear end of the vehicle being towed with the victims inside, as reported by the Louisiana State Police.

The State Police detailed that Bryan Dugan, 64, from Oklahoma, was heading south on Interstate 49 in his Ford F-150 when he inexplicably crashed into a Nissan Titan parked on the right shoulder of the road due to a flat tire. Tragically, Thibodeaux, the tow truck operator, and Hobbs, the passenger in the Nissan, were standing outside their vehicles when the collision occurred, leading to their untimely deaths.

Furthermore, Dugan, who was the driver of the Nissan, along with two other passengers, sustained moderate to severe injuries from the crash and were promptly taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. The incident has prompted pending charges against Dugan, with ongoing investigations by the State Police into the circumstances surrounding the fatal crash.

In 2024, Troop I has already investigated 12 fatal crashes resulting in 13 deaths, underscoring the importance of road safety and the need for vigilance while driving. Such tragic events serve as harsh reminders of the potential dangers of the road and the importance of adhering to traffic regulations to prevent loss of lives and injuries. As the investigations progress, authorities are urging all motorists to exercise caution and vigilance while behind the wheel to avoid similar devastating incidents in the future.