Driver found dead on I-10 involved in earlier hit-and-run

METAIRIE, LA (WVUE) - State Police said an 18-wheeler driver found dead in his rig on the interstate Tuesday afternoon was involved in a hit-and-run accident earlier in the day.

The man's name has not been released, and State Police said the cause of death appeared to be some sort of medical condition.

A concerned co-worker discovered the truck pulled over on the highway's left shoulder at Causeway Boulevard with the driver dead inside around 3 p.m.

State Police spokeswoman Trooper Melissa Matety said at about 5 a.m., the same driver sideswiped a car on the same stretch of the interstate. There were no injuries, but the truck driver didn't stop, Matey said. The company he worked for was alerted and tried to reach him by radio but were unable to make contact.

The Jefferson Parish Coroner's Office will perform an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.

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