Troopers investigate deadly crash on I-12 in Hammond


HAMMOND, LA. (WGNO) – Louisiana State Troopers are investigating a deadly crash on Interstate 12 near Airport Road in Hammond.

According to investigators, 30-year-old Jory W. Thaxton was driving westbound on I-12 in a Toyota Corolla at a high rate of speed around midnight.

That is when Troopers say that Thaxton crashed into the back of an 18-wheeler.

Thaxton was taken to a hospital with severe injuries and pronounced dead a short time later.

Fatality investigators say that seat belts were used by both drivers and impairment is not suspected.

As a part of the crash investigation, a blood sample was collected for scientific analysis from Thaxton. 

The driver of the 18-wheeler voluntarily took a breathalyzer test which showed no amount of alcohol present. 

The crash remains under investigation.

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