Louisiana authorities are investigating the crash of a tractor-trailer that killed the driver and another man early in the morning of Sunday, April 2.
Louisiana State Troopers responded to the single-vehicle crash around 3:30 a.m. on the southbound lanes of I-49 near Washington, Louisiana, about 30 miles north of Lafayette.
Troopers say the crash killed the driver John Boyd, 83, and passenger Charles Hogan, 36, both of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Neither of the men were wearing seat belts.
According to WAFB Channel 9 Baton Rouge, State Police said the initial investigation led troopers to find that for reasons not yet determined, Mr. Boyd lost control of the 2000 International tractor-trailer on I-49 near mile marker 25.
Investigators said it appears Mr. Boyd veered off the left southbound lane onto the median, then overcorrected the truck, causing it to rotate clockwise. The truck tumbled over as it was rotating and struck a guardrail.
Both Mr. Boyd and Mr. Hogan were pronounced dead at the scene.
WAFB reports that troopers obtained blood samples from Mr. Boyd for analysis as a matter of procedure even though they don’t suspect impairment was a factor in the crash.
Authorities look at a number of possible scenarios when investigating crashes involving tractor-trailers and commercial motor vehicles including drugs or alcohol, fatigue/falling asleep at the wheel, driver distraction (such as use of a smartphone or other electronic device), speed and weather conditions, mechanical failure, shifting cargo, and driver health problems.
Source: WAFB Channel 9 Baton Rouge