CALCASIEU PARISH, La. (KLFY) — A Gueydan man died in a head-on crash involving an 18-wheeler in Calcasieu Parish, authorities said.
Louisiana State Police said they responded to a two-vehicle crash at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday on La. Highway 14 just east of Harrington Road in Calcasieu Parish. The crash claimed the life of Robert Allen Elliott, 41, of Gueydan.
Officials said a Dodge pickup truck, driven by Elliot, was traveling west on La. 14 at the same time a Peterbilt 18-wheeler was traveling east. Elliot crossed the center line into the eastbound lane, and in an attempt to avoid a crash the 18-wheeler steered into the westbound lane. As this happened, Elliot steered back into the westbound lane and struck the 18-wheeler head on.
Elliot was pronounced dead at the scene, according to authorities. The driver of the 18-wheeler was not injured.
Toxicology samples were obtained from Elliott and the driver of 18-wheeler and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.