Fatal family crash in Monroe

A family vacation turned into a tragedy after a fatal accident in Monroe claimed the lives of five family members from Texas.

Louisiana State Police responded to the crash on interstate Hwy 20 just west of Calhoun last night around 11 o’clock. The family was traveling from Texas to Walt Disney world in Florida for a family vacation.

A Chevrolet Tahoe, driven by a 16-year-old, ran off the road into the median, and the vehicle began to rollover. Six of the eight passengers were ejected and five of them were pronounced dead at the scene. Those killed were 3 children ages 4, 7, and 15 as well as the mother and father.

The 16-year-old driver, who was properly restrained, was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries and two others sustained moderate injuries.

Troopers suspect the driver may have fallen asleep and impairment is not suspected.

The crash remains under investigation.

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