UPDATE: NIPD spokesperson Sgt. Daesha Hughes says the AirMed helicopter has taken a man and his 11-month-old infant daughter to the hospital as they are now in critical condition following today's crash, according to KLFY.

Authorities say the father and his child were in the vehicle that was hit head-on in the 1300 block of Jane Street.

The driver of the second vehicle suffered moderate injuries and is being checked out at a local hospital.

New Iberia Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

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A multi-vehicle crash in New Iberia has shut down traffic in the affected area and first responders are treating reported injuries.

Jane Street is closed from Daspit Road to Landry Drive while the crash is being investigated, according to a Facebook post from New Iberia Police.

KLFY reports there are unconfirmed reports that an AirMed helicopter is stationed in the area waiting to transport two people who were reportedly ejected from one of the vehicles.

Jane Street at Daspit Road, google street view
Jane Street at Daspit Road, google street view
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KPEL News has reached out to New Iberia Police spokesperson Sgt. Daesha Hughes and we are awaiting more information from her.

Fighting Fentanyl: Huge Arrests Made Across Acadiana in 2022

The fight against fentanyl is a daunting one as the highly potent drug continues to take lives every day across the country. From Lafayette to the surrounding areas, law enforcement agencies have their hands full as they fight to get fentanly off their respective streets.

The awareness for the fatal causes of fentanyl are there as people across the Acadiana area (and the state) are not only mourning the death of loved ones lost to the substance but are holding memorials and recently worked with legislators to pass "Millie's Law," which increases criminal penalties for those who sale and distribute fentanyl.

Fentanyl has become a leading drug in an epidemic that takes over 100,000 lives each year, according to the CDC. The drug is often added to heroin without it being disclosed to the person buying the drug. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency outlines how dangerous fentanyl has become:

"Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 80-100 times stronger than morphine. Pharmaceutical fentanyl was developed for pain management treatment of cancer patients, applied in a patch on the skin. Because of its powerful opioid properties, Fentanyl is also diverted for abuse. Fentanyl is added to heroin to increase its potency, or be disguised as highly potent heroin. Many users believe that they are purchasing heroin and actually don’t know that they are purchasing fentanyl – which often results in overdose deaths. Clandestinely-produced fentanyl is primarily manufactured in Mexico."


Let's take a look back at headline-catching cases involving fentanyl in 2022.