PORT ALLEN, LA (WAFB) - A Port Allen man has died after suffering from his injuries in a two-vehicle crash in West Baton Rouge. The incident happened at 6:30 a.m. on LA Hwy 415 north of LA Hwy 76 (Rosedale Road).
According to the LSP Troop A, 59-year-old Frederick Brown, Jr. of Port Allen was killed in a crash involving a garbage truck. Brown was heading northbound on LA Hwy 415 in a 2014 Kia Soul. At around the same time, a 55-year-old driver of a Mack garbage truck was trying to cross the westbound lanes of LA Hwy 415 from a stop sign. As the truck driver entered the median opening, Brown's Kia struck the left rear corner of the garbage truck. The Kia crossed over the median and the southbound lanes, then landed in a ditch on the west side on the road.
Brown's injuries were fatal, though he was wearing a seatbelt. The truck driver also was restrained, but he was uninjured. Troopers say impairment was not suspected to be a factor on either driver; however, toxicology samples were taken and submitted to the Crime Lab for analysis.
LSP spokesperson Trooper Jared Sandifer says that the Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists of the importance of seat belt use. While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a violent crash rise significantly when properly restrained Louisiana law requires that every person in a motor vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up.