VIOLET, LA (WVUE) - One person was killed in an accident in Violet Wednesday morning, according to the Louisiana State Police.
The accident occurred at the intersection of Meraux Street and St. Bernard Highway around 7:30 a.m.
The crash claimed the life of 48-year-old Alton Peters of Meraux.
The initial investigation indicated that Peters was driving a 2008 Infinity G35 west on LA 46. A 1997 Peterbilt tractor/trailer, driven by Lory Sandolph, 49, of Waggaman was traveling east on LA 46.
Sandolph observed the Infinity cross the center line into the east bound lane. Sandolph then began to maneuver the tractor/trailer to the right, off the roadway in order to avoid a collision. The Infinity struck the rear axle of the tractor/trailer. Peters was pronounced dead on the scene. Sandolph was not injured.
Impairment is suspected as a factor on the part of Peters and a toxicology test is pending an autopsy. Sandolph voluntarily submitted to a blood test and those results are pending. Peters was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.