Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a major crash just after 7A Monday morning.  One woman died, and another was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.

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According to the deputies' report, a Chevrolet Tahoe traveling west crossed over the center dividing line into the opposing lane of traffic striking a Chevrolet Equinox head on.  The driver of the Equinox died at the scene.  The driver of the Tahoe was transported to the hospital.

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The accident caused major traffic issues Monday morning, completely shutting down Highway 169 to Simpson Rd.

The holidays are usually a busier time on the road, which contributes to a higher number of traffic fatalities.  According to the La DOTD:

“In December of last year, we addressed fatalities on our roadways at a press conference with our safety partners after there were a reported 15 crashes with 20 fatalities on state highways over the Thanksgiving holiday from Nov. 24 to Nov. 29,” said DOTD Secretary Shawn. D. Wilson, Ph.D, who is also president of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. “The trend was not good at that time and the numbers continue to grow. Safety is the No. 1 concern. It’s disheartening to see this type of increase in fatalities even when vehicles are adding safety features, and local, state, and federal officials continue their efforts to make roadways safer. We need everyone to take safety seriously and to drive with the knowledge that crashes can occur at any time. Be aware, be safe, and be smart.”

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