SATSUMA, LA (NBC33) — State Police say an early morning crash on I-12 near Satsuma was possibly due to a driver with a medical condition.
The crash happened just after 2:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 19. According to State Police, an 18-wheeler was driving eastbound on I-12 when the driver suffered a fatal medical condition. The massive vehicle drifted off the road and hit a bridge rail. Troopers believe the driver was unconscious before the vehicle hit the rail.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene by the Livingston Parish Coroner’s Office. He was wearing a seatbelt and did not have any other injuries from the crash.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash. However, this is a good example of how quickly things can become very dangerous on the interstate. Troopers would like to remind the motoring public to always remain cautious and vigilant when driving. Drivers can lose control in an instant, and focus on the road and quick reactions are vital for drivers to stay out of harm’s way. Additional measures such as median cable barriers are continuously being put into place to enhance safety on our roadways, but nothing can replace an alert and prepared driver. Even a good driver can become the victim of someone else’s mistake on the road, so it is also very important for everyone to be properly restrained at all times and in all seating positions in the vehicle.