BAKER, La. (WAFB) - Troopers with the Louisiana State Police are investigating a two vehicle crash that claimed the life of a 56-year-old man from Baker.
According to officials, the crash occurred around 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, on LA Highway 19 north of LA Highway 423 in East Baton Rouge Parish.
The investigation revealed the crash occurred as Thomas Grant, 56, was traveling northbound on LA Hwy. 19 in a Mercedes E35. At the same time, a Nissan Titan was traveling northbound on LA Hwy. 19 in front of the Mercedes.
For reasons still under investigation, the Mercedes struck the rear of the Nissan. After striking the Nissan, the Mercedes crossed the southbound lanes of LA Hwy. 19 and exited the roadway to the left. After exiting the roadway, the Mercedes struck a canal embankment and overturned.
Grant was unrestrained at the time of the crash and was ejected from the vehicle. He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Impairment on the part of Grant is suspected, and a toxicology sample was obtained from him for analysis. T
he driver and passenger of the Nissan were properly restrained and sustained moderate injuries. The driver of the Nissan was given a chemical breath test and showed no signs of impairment.
The passenger of the Nissan was transported to a local hospital for treatment. This crash remains under investigation.
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