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Troopers: Speed, lack of seat belt factors in fatal crash

PONCHATOULA, LA (WVUE) -

Louisiana State Police Troop L investigated a single vehicle crash that happened Thursday on Interstate 55 near Ponchatoula. 

Nolan K Bel, 37, of Hammond, was killed in the crash. Investigators say Bel was not wearing a seat belt, and suspect speed played a role in the crash.

Through the initial investigation, troopers say they determined Bel was traveling southbound on US 51 entering the southbound on ramp to Interstate 55 at a high rate of speed. Investigators say Bel failed to negotiate the ramp and exited the roadway. After exiting the roadway, Bel's vehicle overturned. he was ejected from the vehicle and suffered fatal injuries. 

Troopers believe the crash occurred between 1 a.m. and 3 a.m. Blood samples were taken and will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police crime lab for analysis.

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