Respected city clerk Gay Dale Ferguson killed in head-on crash


Gay Dale Ferguson had a passion for serving the public and committed her life to working in local government, serving the cities of Orange and later Nederland. Unfortunately, her life came to a tragic end on November 4 while she was driving on Interstate 10.

Ferguson (61) was with her three-year-old grandson in a 2018 Ford Edge SUV heading west on the roadway when their vehicle was smashed head-on by a 2011 Ford F150 pickup truck. Ferguson was pronounced dead at the scene, and the toddler was transported to a Lake Charles area hospital with serious injuries, but thankfully he’s expected to survive.

The accident took place when 28-year-old Caleb Lee Bowers lost control of his car, which started a harrowing turn of events.

The Ford F150 was initially traveling east, but veered left through the median with enough momentum to barge through cable barriers, and when he entered the lane traveling westbound, he struck Ferguson’s vehicle.

Bowers was also transported to the hospital for treatment of injuries that were not life-threatening. 

Two days later, Interstate 10 was the site of another accident on its westbound lane, as two 18-wheel trucks collided near the Enterprise Boulevard exit, causing one to be consumed in flames.

Ferguson leaves behind quite the legacy, whether you’re a native of Louisiana, Texas, or somewhere else. Her selflessness is something to be cherished and celebrated.

“She considered every city employee as her friend and part of her family. She was a constant, positive light and will be greatly missed.” Via City of Nederland statement on

The Johnson Firm is deeply saddened to hear about the pair of unfortunate incidents on Interstate 10. We’re here to help any victim in a motor vehicle accident, and can be reached at (337) 433-1414.

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