PONCHATOULA — A truck driver was killed in the crash of two 18-wheelers early Tuesday on Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula, according to a news release from State Police Troop L.
Trooper Nick Manale said John Nelson, 53, of Westwego, had stopped on the shoulder of I-55 southbound around 2:30 a.m.
Nelson began to pull his rig into the travel lanes when he was struck by another 18-wheeler driven by Jimmy Bennett, 59, of Florence, Miss.
The impact pushed the trailer of Nelson’s truck forward into the cab, pinning him, Manale said.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.
According to the report, Nelson was wearing his seat belt and alcohol was not suspected.
Bennett sustained minor injuries in the crash and submitted to a breath-alcohol test showing no signs of alcohol in his system, Manale said.