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Vehicle crashes, goes over edge into Lake Pontchartrain; body of driver recovered

POSTED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 11:00am

UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 11:04am

The body of a man was recovered from Lake Pontchartrain this morning. His vehicle was submerged in the water yesterday following a single-vehicle crash.

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office reports that the crash happened at roughly 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 30. The driver was traveling in a truck down the southbound lane when he lost control, hit the guard rail and his vehicle went over.

Eyewitnesses told WDSU that there were no other vehicles near the truck when the crash occurred. They also claim that the man surfaced shortly after the crash, but went back under moments later.

The Coast Guard and Sheriff’s Office have been searching for the driver. They confirmed that the man’s body has been recovered and an autopsy has been scheduled.

Officials have not yet released the name of the driver.

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