Lafayette Parish man dies after slipping on ice, Louisiana Department of Health says
Corrections & Clarifications: An earlier version of this story incorrectly identified the man who died. His name is Carl James Mathieu.
A Lafayette Parish man died after he slipped on ice and hit his head on the ground, the Louisiana Department of Health said.
Carl Mathieu, 50, died at 1:30 p.m. Monday after slipping in Carencro, according to the preliminary report from the Lafayette Parish Coroner's Office. The accident is the first death related to the winter storm sweeping the state, the health department said in a release.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency last week ahead of the storm that has left most of the state covered in snow and ice. Many Acadiana parishes, including Lafayette, have issued stay-at-home orders, shelter-in-place orders or curfews.
Louisiana State Police said over the last two days, it responded to 150 car accidents across the state.