LAFAYETTE, La. (KPEL News) - A tragic crash near the Lafayette/Breaux Bridge border on Interstate 10 on Wednesday took the life of a truck driver from Marietta, Georgia. That's according to Louisiana State Police.

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We reported the fatal crash as it caused westbound traffic to be diverted at the Breaux Bridge exit. It happened in the 3:00 p.m. hour on I-10 near mile post 106. The initial investigation by State Police says the victim, 45-year-old Wayne Leroy Kales, ran off the right side of the road, struck a tree, and went up in flames. It's not known if Kales was wearing a seatbelt

Troop I has investigated 34 fatal crashes resulting in 39 deaths in 2023.

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