Head-on collision sends child, 3 others to hospital; part of Interstate 49 closed

First responders found unrestrained 3-year-old in Buick’s trunk as a result of the violent crash
An alleged wrong-way driver and a 3-year-old child suffered life-threatening injuries in a...
An alleged wrong-way driver and a 3-year-old child suffered life-threatening injuries in a head-on collision on Interstate 49 at Southern Loop on the night of Nov. 6, 2022.(Source: Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 6, 2022 at 11:10 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 7, 2022 at 3:17 PM CST

CADDO PARISH, La. (KSLA) — A head-on collision and pile-up involving four vehicles injured four people, including a child.

The crash happened the night of Sunday, Nov. 6 on Interstate 49 at Southern Loop in Caddo Parish.

Reports came in at 9:56 p.m. Sunday about a possibly careless and reckless driver on I-49N at Southern Loop, Caddo 911 dispatch records show.

About the same time, the call came in about a head-on collision caused by a red vehicle traveling south on I-49 North, according to a Facebook post by the Caddo Sheriff’s Office.

A red Buick Verano occupied by a female driver and a 3-year-old child reportedly was traveling the wrong way on northbound I-49 when it crashed head-on into a black Kia Forte, the Sheriff’s Office reports.

Then a northbound Honda Accord hit the wrong-way driver’s Buick, causing the Buick to flip multiple times before landing off the roadway. A Toyota Camry subsequently crashed into the Honda.

First responders had to extract at least one person.

According to Caddo deputies, the wrong-way driver and the child in her car were not restrained. First responders found the child in the trunk of the Buick as a result of the back seat flipping during the violent crash. The two were taken to an area hospital with life-threatening injuries.

The drivers of the Kia and the Honda also were taken to the hospital, while the driver and passenger of the Toyota were treated at the scene.

Northbound I-49 was closed for several hours while first responders attended to those involved in the wreck. And travel on southbound I-49 was limited to one lane.

The scene was cleared and I-49 was reopened just after 3 a.m. Monday.

Multiple agencies responded to the wreck, including the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Shreveport Police Department, Caddo Fire District 6, Caddo Fire District 5 and the Shreveport Fire Department.

The crash remains under investigation.