State police investigate fatal accident involving pedestrian, truck on I-10 near Prairieville

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PRAIRIEVILLE, Louisiana — State police are investigating a fatal accident involving a pedestrian and truck.

The accident happened shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 10 eastbound east of Louisiana Highway 73 in Ascension Parish.

Trooper Jared Sandifer identified the victim as 21-year-old April D. Tasker of Geismar.

Sandifer says Tasker was standing on the right shoulder of I-10 next to her stopped vehicle. At the same time 67-year-old Wilhelm Salewski of Dayton, Texas, was driving a tractor-trailer eastbound on I-10 in the left hand lane. Sandifer says Tasker attempted to walk across both lanes of I-10 towards the median. As she did she was struck by the tractor-trailer in the left hand lane.

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