Cloutierville, LA Head On Collision, Jul 1982


Cloutierville, La. (AP) - A fiery head-on crash claimed six lives, including that of a 3-month-old infant, only moments after deputies spotted one of the drivers weaving down Louisiana Highway 1 early Saturday, state police said.
It was described as the worst traffic fatality in the state in several years.
The victims included SCOTT W. METOYER, 19, of Chicago, whose southbound Ford Bronco was seen by two Natchitoches Parish sheriff's deputies stopped by the roadside arresting a suspected drunk driver, police said.
"They noticed him weaving his vehicle down the road," said state police Sgt. Stephen Campbell. "The accident happened just three-quarters of a mile down the road, before they could catch up with him."
The METOYER car crashed into a Ford Mustang driven by JEFFREY POSEY of Gautier, Miss., killing POSEY and passengers ROBERT HOOKS, 45, of Pascagoula, Miss.; MARY REMEDIES HOOKS, 40; TROY ALLISON HOOKS, 3 months; and BERTHA REMEDIES, 17, all of Mansfield. POSEY'S age was not yet available, police said.
METOYER'S vehicle burst into flames.
"Alcohol is suspected as the cause," Campbell said. However, he said METOYER was so badly burned it was unlikely blood tests could be conducted to confirm he had been drinking.
"That's the worst number of fatalities in one accident in a long time," Campbell said. "I can't recall one worse in five or six years."

Enterprise-Journal McComb Mississippi 1982-08-01