GRAMERCY, LA (WAFB) - A New Orleans man lost his life in a 3-vehicle fatal crash in St. James Parish on early Saturday morning.
According to the LSP Troop A, It happened on the I-10 near LA Hwy 641 in Gramercy. Kenneth C. Nolting, 56, of New Orleans suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash.
Troopers say that for unknown reasons, Nolting's 1996 Nissan Altima ran off the roadway as he was heading eastbound on I-10. His vehicle strayed to the left of the median, and it struck the median cable barrier. Nolting's Nissan rode the cable barrier for half of a mile until reaching an opening. Then, it emerged out from the median and into the westbound lanes of oncoming traffic. Nolting's vehicle struck a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, which was heading westbound, and the impact forced the Nissan to also rotate into the path of an international box truck.
Sandifer reported that all of the drivers were wearing their seatbelts at the time of the crash, but Nolting did not survive. The 26-year-old driver of the Jetta received moderate to serious injuries and was taken to the Interim LSU Hospital in New Orleans. The truck driver, 43, was uninjured.
Impairment on the westbound drivers is not suspected; however, investigators say they do not know if Nolting was impaired. A toxicology sample was taken from him and submitted to the Crime Lab for analysis.
Sandifer says Troopers wish to remind drivers that impaired driving continues to be a major problem throughout Louisiana. Whether impaired through alcohol, drugs, or a combination of the two, the consequences of driving while impaired remain the same. Troopers will continue to enforce Louisiana's DWI laws across the state and remain committed to a public education campaign to end impaired driving. Have a plan and designate a driver before you decide to operate a vehicle while impaired.