Louisiana State Police report an Iowa man was killed in a single vehicle crash on  Interstate 10 near Duson this morning.

Master Trooper Brooks David said 27-year-old Nathan Hess was a passenger in a car driven by 24-year-old Brook Trahan of Chauvin.

For unknown reasons, Trahan crossed the median, both eastbound lanes of travel and ran off the road. The car then struck an embankment causing the vehicle to overturn.

Hesse, who was not wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the vehicle.

Nathan Hess sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on scene by the Acadia Parish Coroner’s Office.  Brook Trahan was wearing a seat belt and was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries.

It is unknown if impairment is a factor in the crash, but standard toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis.  Charges are pending and this crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana State Troopers wish to remind motorists that all occupants of a motor vehicle must be restrained, regardless of seating position.  While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that the chances of surviving a crash rise significantly when properly restrained.  Making good choices while in motor vehicles such as never driving while impaired, always ensuring every occupant is properly restrained, and avoiding all distractions can often mean the difference between life and death.

This is the 7th fatal crash investigated by Troop I in 2017.

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