Prairieville woman killed after car submerged in the Amite River

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State Police are investigating a single-vehicle crash that claimed the life of 37-year-old Sara Marshall of Prairieville after her car was submerged in the Amite River. Trooper Christian Reed said they were contacted around ten-thirty Saturday night about the incident in Livingston Parish.

“The preliminary investigation revealed the driver was headed east on LA-22 and ran off the road and entered into the Amite River,” said Reed.

Despite being fully restrained, Marshall was not able to exit the vehicle. Reed said it’s vital that all occupants be properly restrained so you are less likely to have a head injury that will keep you from being unable to respond when your vehicle goes underwater.

“There are several different types of tools that you can buy that are handy and will attach to a keychain that you can use in an emergency situation,” said Reed.

Reed wants to remind motorists, especially during the 4th of July holiday, to never drive impaired and to remain vigilant when driving on the roads and waterways.

“We should avoid all distractions. This could mean the difference between life and death,” said Reed.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation and toxicology samples were collected.

 

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