A second fatal accident in 3 days on ArkLaTex highways is serving as a tragic reminder of the dangers of roadside stops.
The glare of blue lights marked the spot where a father and his young son were struck and killed early Monday morning on I-20 in Bienville Parish.
Miguel Salas, 48, and his 10-year-old son Miguel Moreno were standing outside their Dodge Caravan because young Miguel was sick, when trooper say they were struck by a 2012 Freightliner 18-wheeler headed east on I-20. The semi continued off the side of the interstate and hit a tree. The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The other passengers in the van were also injured, but survived.
Louisiana State Police Trooper Cordell Williams says it's a tragic reminder of just how dangerous stopping on the highway can be. "We see this, I can say, far too often," says Tpr. Williams.
Williams says it's illegal to stop or park on the side of the road unless it's an emergency, but if you do have to stop, he urges extreme caution. "You want to be aware of your surroundings. You want to be sure to notice, know where you are to see if in fact there is a closer exit. Is there another option that we can take to maybe get off the road and maybe tend to that emergency," he says.
The Louisiana Department of Transportation offers these safey tips:
If you have to, always pull off the road as far as possible.
Turn on your hazards.
Carry a safety kit with flares or warning signs.
Always carry a safety kit.
If needed call police to assist.
"We also have laws in place. Such as, the 've over law,' which assists with when you see a vehicle or a law enforcement officer on the side of the road of course try to move over and if you can't move over, we ask that you slow down," says Williams.
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