VINTON, La. (KPLC) - Louisiana State Police Troop D have released details of a three-vehicle crash that involved an 18-wheeler on I-10 about 4 miles west of Vinton around 6:30 p.m. on July 16, 2019.
According to Trooper Derek Senegal the crash claimed the life of Stephen Duane Bertram, 54, of DeQuincy.
During their preliminary investigation State Police found that an 18-wheeler being driven by Justin Anthony Chong, 34, of Asheville, North Carolina, was traveling east on I-10.
State Police say that for unknown reasons, the 18-wheeler ran off the left side of the roadway, crossed the median, and struck a pickup truck as well as a SUV being driven by Bertram that were both traveling west along I-10.
Bertram sustained fatal injuries during the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the pickup truck sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital.
Chong, along with his 3-year-old and 8-year-old juvenile passengers received minor injuries and were also transported to a local hospital.
State Police say that toxicology samples are being obtained and charges against Chong are still pending.