LSP: Unrestrained truck driver killed in Basin Bridge crash

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Louisiana State Police troopers said a Mississippi truck driver died in a crash on the Basin Bridge.

Troopers said 50-year-old John Cloninger of Pearl, Mississippi crashed on Interstate 10 westbound at the Whiskey Bay exit in Iberville Parish.

The initial investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Cloninger was driving a 2001 Peterbilt tractor trailer westbound on I-10. For reasons still under investigation, Cloninger ran off roadway to the right and struck a concrete bridge rail. After striking the railing, the Peterbilt fell to the ground underneath the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge.

Troopers said Cloninger was unrestrained at the time of the crash and sustained fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. Impairment is unknown at this time, but a toxicology sample was obtained from Cloninger for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

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