Authorities to remove 18-wheeler from Pearl River Thursday evening

Authorities to remove 18-wheeler from Pearl River Thursday evening

PEARL RIVER, LA (WVUE) - Authorities and a tow truck company plans to pull an 18-wheeler from 15-feet of water in the Pearl River Thursday evening.

Slidell-based ASAP Towing helped recover the body of the driver Wednesday morning. His tractor-trailer, filled with 45,000 pounds of paper products crashed over a guardrail into the river during a suspected hit-and-run.

Around 7 p.m., the company will return to the accident scene with a 65-ton rotator, a 40-ton heavy-duty wrecker, and a 35-ton excavator to lift the truck out of the water.

Two divers will also assist in the recovery.

"We're hoping to get it done without lane closures. There's no guarantee of that, but that's our goal," said ASAP Towing owner Don Moreland.

The truck plunged into the river on Tuesday around 9:45 p.m. when a pickup traveling on I-10 westbound tried to pass the 18-wheeler on the shoulder. When the truck ran out of room, it hit the tractor-trailer, causing it to crash over the guardrail.

The victim, Steven Clark, 26, of Alabama, was recovered hours later.

Police are looking for a dark-colored pickup truck. The crash is still under investigation.

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