BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Louisiana State Police is currently investigating a fatal vehicle vs. 18-wheeler crash on I-12 westbound just west of O’Neal Lane.
Officials with LSP say the wreck happened just before 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 on I-12 W west of O’Neal Lane. As a result of the wreck, Tommie Todd, 58, of Hammond, was killed.
The initial investigation by LSP reveals the wreck happened as Todd and her passenger were headed west on I-12 in a 2016 Ford Fusion, when at the same time, a 2007 Freightliner 18-wheeler was stopped on the right shoulder. For reasons still under investigation, Todd went off the right side of the road and hit the back of the 18-wheeler.
Todd was wearing her seat belt, LSP says, but was killed nonetheless. She was pronounced dead on the scene. Todd’s passenger was also wearing a seat belt and sustained moderate injuries.
LSP says it’s unknown if Todd was impaired at the time of the wreck, but a toxicology sample was collected for analysis.
The driver of the 18-wheeler was wearing a seat belt and was not injured. He was given a chemical breath test and showed no signs of impairment, LSP says.
The wreck remains under investigation.