Vigil in Marksville for Louisiana Children Killed in Collision

Friends, family, and other local residents gathered recently in Avoyelles Parish to mourn five area children who died in a recent crash. An article on the moving ceremony held to remember the young lives tragically cut short is available here.

Over 300 people came together in the stands of Marksville High School’s football field to show support with a candlelight vigil for five children who lost their lives in Florida. The fatal crash—which involved a passenger van, one mid-sized sedan, and two tractor-trailers—occurred on southbound Interstate 75 near Gainesville. All told, seven lost their lives in the accident.

A Tragic Loss of Life

In addition to the children, the drivers of the two tractor-trailers involved in the crash died as a result of injuries suffered. Officials from the Florida Highway Patrol have identified the children as:

  • Cierra Bordelan, 9
  • Joel Cloud, 14
  • Brieana Descant, 10
  • Cara Descant, 13
  • Jeremiah Warren, 14

Additional Details Emerge

Another local news source indicates that the five children were traveling with a group from the Avoyelles House of Mercy church in Marksville, Louisiana. According to investigators, a passenger sedan and tractor-trailer collided on Interstate 75. Both vehicles crashed through a guardrail and entered the southbound lanes of the highway—where they struck another tractor-trailer and the church van.

Sad Statistics

In 2014, accidents involving large trucks injured 111,000 people in the United States—and killed 3,903 more. That same year, approximately 438,000 large trucks were involved in traffic accidents on U.S. roads. In Louisiana alone, 84 large trucks were involved in fatal collisions during 2014.

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January 28th, 2019