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Pedestrian left on I-10 shoulder for hours after hit-and-run crash

Troopers say the crash is being investigated as a hit-and-run and they are working to identify the 18-wheeler involved.
Credit: St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1

ST. TAMMANY PARISH, La. — A pedestrian who was struck by an 18-wheeler on Interstate 10 in St. Tammany Parish was left on the grassy shoulder for hours before he was found on Thursday.

Authorities say a Department of Transportation crew found the injured man around 2 p.m. lying on the grassy shoulder of the westbound lanes close to the I-10 westbound bridge near the Louisiana-Mississippi state line. Louisiana State Police believe the man had been struck by an 18-wheeler hours earlier.

St. Tammany Fire Protection District No. 1 said parts of I-10 west were closed briefly to set up a landing zone for an Ochsner Flight Care helicopter. The injured man was flown to a trauma center.

Troopers say the crash is being investigated as a hit-and-run, and they are working to identify the 18-wheeler involved. LSP said it is possible that the truck driver may not be aware that he struck the man.

Earlier this evening, I-10 West bound near the state line was shut down briefly, to set up a landing zone for Ochsner Flight Care. Apparently, sometime overnight, a person walking on side of the interstate was struck by an 18 wheeler. The patient was located by the DOTD near the I-10 Westbound bridge earlier this evening . STFPD #1 and Acadian Ambulance cared for the patient until Ochsner Flight Care arrived, and flew the patient to a trauma center. #SlidellFire

Posted by St. Tammany Fire Protection District #1 on Thursday, January 13, 2022

    

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