A New Iberia man was killed in a St. Landry Parish crash Friday morning.
Shortly after 10:15 a.m. on September 16, 2022, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop I were notified of a single-vehicle crash on Interstate 49 near milepost 30 in St. Landry Parish. The crash killed 60-year-old Harvey Broussard, of New Iberia.
The initial investigation by State Police revealed that the crash occurred as Broussard was driving a 2022 Kenworth 18-wheeler north on I-49. For reasons still under investigation, the 18-wheeler tractor-trailer ran off the roadway to the right and down an embankment, according to TFC Thomas Gossen, spokesperson for Troop I. Upon doing so, the 18-wheeler overturned several times causing Broussard to be ejected from the vehicle.
Troopers determined Broussard was unrestrained at the time of the crash, Gossen stated. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. Landry Parish Coroner’s Office. A toxicology sample was obtained for analysis and this crash remains under investigation.
Louisiana State Troopers remind motorists that, while not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.
Troop I has investigated 35 fatal crashes resulting in 41 deaths in 2022.