Lake Charles – Troopers with Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a three-vehicle crash on the I-210 Bridge about ½ mile west of the W. Prien Lake Road exit ramp in Calcasieu Parish on November 23, 2020, at approximately 6:41 a.m. The crash claimed the life of 31-year-old Raymond Christopher Simmons of Marksville.
The preliminary investigation revealed a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis, driven by Simmons, was traveling east on I-210 in the right hand lane. For reasons still under investigation, Simmons struck the left rear of a 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck that was traveling east in the right hand lane ahead of him. After striking the GMC, Simmons struck the rear of a 2018 Ford F150 pickup truck. The impact caused the Ford to overturn onto its left side. The Mercury came to rest against the right side concrete barrier of the bridge. The driver of the GMC was able to come to a controlled stop in the right hand lane.
Simmons was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash and was partially ejected from the vehicle. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the GMC and the driver of the Ford were both properly restrained and not injured. A toxicology sample was obtained from Simmons and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.