Texas man dies when Peterbilt crashes

Published 1:24 pm Sunday, August 14, 2022

A 71-year-old Texas man was killed Saturday as the result of a crash of a Peterbilt truck on the off ramp of Interstate 10 to US Hwy. 165 in Jeff Davis Parish.

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to the single-vehicle crash at 10:30 a.m.

The crash claimed the life of 71-year-old Antonio William Vega of Midland, Texas.

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The preliminary investigation revealed, a 1997 Peterbilt, driven by Vega, was traveling east on I-10 in the exit lane for US Hwy 165 when he failed to negotiate a right hand curve onto the exit ramp. The Peterbilt traveled off the left side of the roadway and overturned several times.

Vega sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Speed is suspected to be a factor in this crash. A toxicology sample was obtained from Vega and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Troop D has investigated 15 fatal crashes resulting in 17 deaths in 2022.