Alabama trucker killed in hit-and-run crash in Louisiana

| Thursday, November 05, 2015

Editor's Note: The Louisiana State Police report that the driver sought in the fatal hit-and-run that claimed the life of Alabama truck driver Steven Shawn Clark has been apprehended. See the press conference announcing the arrest here.

An Alabama trucker was killed in a crash in Louisiana involving another tractor-trailer and a dark-colored pickup truck. Police are still looking for the driver of the pickup who fled the scene, according to a Louisiana State Police press release.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, 26-year-old Steven Shawn Clark of Theodore, Ala., was driving in the left lane on the Interstate 10 westbound on the Middle Pearl River Bridge at approximately 9:30 p.m. Andrew Chapple, 45, of San Antonio, was driving his semitrailer to the right of Clark when an unidentified dark-colored pickup truck tried to pass Chapple on the right shoulder. As the pickup truck driver attempted to illegally pass Chapple, he crashed into the right front of the semitrailer.

The initial crash caused Chapple’s truck to move into the left lane, striking Clark’s tractor-trailer. Clark’s vehicle crashed through the cement barriers and plunged into the Pearl River. The St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office’s dive team recovered Clark’s body. He was pronounced dead at the scene by the coroner’s office.

The pickup driver fled the scene headed westbound on Interstate 10 towards Slidell. No other injuries were reported.

Anyone who has information about the pickup truck driver, including his whereabouts, should contact the Louisiana State Police Troop L at 985-893-6250.

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