BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Authorities say an early morning two-vehicle wrong direction crash took the life of a 23-year-old man on New Year's Day.
Louisiana State Police Troop L responded to a fatal crash shortly after 5 a.m., on I-55 north of Wardline Road in Hammond.
Troopers say the crash claimed the life of Christian Delgado, of Hammond.
According to authorities, the initial investigation led troopers to determine the crash occurred as Delgado was driving a 1994 Honda Accord southbound in the northbound lane of I-55. They say Delgado crashed head-on into a 2016 Freightliner tractor-trailer travelling northbound.
Despite being properly restrained, Delgado sustained severe injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead on the scene by Tangipahoa Parish Coroner's Office.
The driver of the tractor-trailer, a 46-year-old man of Greensboro, NC, was also properly restrained, authorities say, and was not injured in the crash.
Presently, troopers say impairment is suspected to have been a contributing factor in the crash. Blood samples from Delgado were taken for analysis as part of the investigation, as is standard in fatal crashes.
The other driver voluntarily provided a breath sample, authorities say, which showed no trace amounts of alcohol present.
Trooper Dustin Dwight says: