RACELAND — A Thibodaux man was killed in a three-vehicle crash Thursday morning on La. 1 north of Raceland, authorities said.
Kristofor Toups, 28, was pronounced dead at the scene after a dump truck pushed him off the road, State Police said.
Toups's pickup was struck by a Nissan Maxima driven by James Dantin, 51, of Raceland, police said. The pickup was pushed into the oncoming traffic lane, hit on the passenger side and pushed off the road by a dump truck driven by Eric Smith, 44, of Thibodaux, police said.
The Nissan Maxima drove off the road and landed in a ditch, police said.
Dantin was transported to Thibodaux Regional Medical Center with serious injuries. Smith received minor injuries but refused medical treatment.
Dantin was allegedly speeding, and charges against him are pending, police said. It is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the wreck. Blood was drawn from all three drivers, as required by state law for all serious crashes.
Toups was an employee of Lafourche Animal Hospital and was transporting animals to its Cut Off branch, co-workers said.
Firefighters had to extricate Toups from the smashed pickup.
Residents said they heard a loud "boom" when the crash happened.
Updated to include the name of the victim, the scenario and the names of the drivers.
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