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Ashley Rodrigue / Eyewitness News
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MANDEVILLE, La. -- A quick drive from work to a dealership in Covington, on Highway 190 Tuesday, turned into anything but for Adrien Deynoodt.

'I was looking in front of me and it was like the movies in slow motion and the car was coming straight at us,' he said.

Louisiana State Police say a multi-car crash occurred when 54-year-old Gordon Johnson of Covington gradually crossed into the northbound lanes, between the Fairway Drive exit and Hwy. 22 exit, after side-swiping a car in the southbound lanes.

Troopers say he drove the wrong way for half a mile before hitting 63-year-old Corinne Talbert of Madisonville head-on, then hitting Deynoodt the same way. Deynoodt ended up with cuts and a broken hand, while Johnson and Talbert were pronounced dead at the scene.

The St. Tammany Coroner's Office determined Wednesday that both drivers died as a result of their injuries, but that Johnson had significant heart disease, which could be a contributing factor.

Since Tuesday's crash, the question of cable barriers has come up. The DOTD says they don't have any planned for Hwy. 190 yet, but if they did, to install them would cost as much as $150,000 per mile.

There is a study underway now for a potential barrier project for Hwy. 190. That study is expected to be complete this summer.

The state says it's spent millions placing cable-barriers along interstates since 2008, with a 65-mile project slated to start next year in Livingston and Tangipahoa parishes.

Troopers say they've seen the impacts first hand.

'Rather than a sideswipe or head on collision, the barriers will prevent that. It also creates something to where you can ride down the crash that acts like a continuous guardrail,' said Trooper Greg Marchand.

While victims of this crash say they agree a cable barrier could save lives, they're praying tonight for those who lost theirs.

The cause of the crash is still under investigation. Toxicology results on both deceased drivers is pending.

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