Fatal Crash

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

Louisiana State Police Troop A investigated a multiple vehicle fatal crash today in Ascension Parish. The crash occurred on LA 30 north of Interstate 10 at the intersection with Robert Wilson Road shortly after 5 p.m.

Troopers' preliminary investigation revealed that a 1988 Ford pickup was traveling west on Robert Wilson Road when it failed to stop at the intersection with LA 30. The pickup traveled into the oncoming path of a 2005 Dodge Durango, which was traveling north on LA 30.

The Durango, being driven by Talana Walker-Collins (B/F, age 32) of Gonzales, struck the driver's side door of the pickup. The Ford pickup was then struck by a southbound 2012 Toyota pickup, which was being driven by Grady Thigpin (W/M, age 26) of St. Amant. The Ford came to rest on its driver's side in the roadway.

The driver of the Ford and Walker-Collins were both transported to St. Elizabeth Hospital due to injuries sustained in the crash. The Ford driver succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced deceased by doctors at the hospital. The driver of the Ford pickup was Randy Craig (W/M, age 56) of Port Allen.

Thigpin was uninjured in the crash. Walker-Collins had two minor children in the vehicle with her at the time of the crash. Both were properly restrained and suffered only minor injuries.

Impairment is not suspected to have been a factor in the crash. However, Troopers have submitted blood samples of Walker-Collins and the Ford driver to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis. Thigpin voluntarily submitted a breath sample to Troopers that showed no detectable alcohol in his system. The crash remains under investigation.