Man dies in weekend rollover wreck on I-20 W
Webster Parish, La (KMSS) — State troopers are investigating a single-vehicle crash on I-20 that killed one person Sunday evening.
At 5:04 p.m., authoriites were called to the scene of a wreck about 6 miles west of Minden, said state police. Early results revealed a vehicle, driven by Joseph Abel, 46, of Princeton, went off the road while trying to pass slower moving traffic.
According to investigators, he was heading west on I-20 in the left lane and flew off the road on the right side, into a ditch, through a wire fence and rolled over before coming to a stop between the interstate and the frontage road.
Abel was wearing his seat belt at the time of the accident. He suffered serious injuries and was taken to a hospital in Shreveport where he later died. The passenger, Kimberly Abel, 36, of Princeton, was wearing her seat belt and reported minor injuries.
Impairment is not suspected. A toxicology sample was taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
Inattentive and distracted driving is dangerous and is a leading cause of crashes in our state. It is important for motorists to pay attention to what is going on outside of the vehicle they are driving. More information on distracted driving may be found online at the federal government’s official distracted driving website, www.distraction.gov.
Troop G has investigated two fatal crashes which have resulted in two deaths so far this year.