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Driver killed in La. 30 construction zone crash

1 year 10 months 2 weeks ago December 03, 2014 Dec 3, 2014 Wednesday, December 03 2014 December 03, 2014 5:39 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Trey Schmaltz, Jessica Leblanc

GONZALES - A driver died overnight after State Police said they wrecked at an Ascension Parish construction zone, the second wreck to happen there in recent days.

Troopers said Kirk Canova, 42, died after he smashed into a dump truck on Highway 30 west of I-10 near South St. Landry Avenue. Highway 30 is in the middle of a construction project that began this year.

LSP investigators said Canova drove his sedan into the front of the dump truck inside a construction zone and hit the truck head-on. Witnesses reported that Canova ignored a flag man warning drivers about the work.

Investigators said Canova was not wearing a seat belt and impairment is unknown, though a toxicology test will be performed. The truck driver was not hurt.

"When you see a construction zone ahead of you, when you see lights ahead of you, no matter what color they are, it means something is taking place. You've got to slow down," said State Police Colonel Mike Edmonson.

Some construction workers said they just want people to obey the rules of the road.

"They could have a stop sign up, they'll run right through it. Just slow down when you see these construction workers. Be careful. You know, we got a life to live too," said Leroy Knight, who has worked in the construction arena for more than 30 years.

The overnight crash is the second crash in the construction recently. State Police are searching for a Mustang and its driver who ignored construction signs and hit a construction worker in November. The worker was last reported be suffering from serious injuries.


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