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Nov 25, 2013 9:50 AM by AP

Driver killed in I-55 crash in Tangipahoa Parish

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - State police say a 49-year-old Hammond man died in an accident when his car struck a guardrail on Interstate 55 in Tangipahoa Parish and crossed over a concrete retaining wall.

Trooper First Class Melissa Matey says Mucio Vicencio Ruiz was driving north on I-55 shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday when his car veered off the right side of the interstate and struck a guardrail and wooden post about 200 feet away.

Matey says the car crossed over a concrete retaining wall before stopping in the northbound lane of I-55.

She says Ruiz was not wearing a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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