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One dead and another in critical condition after car crash with garbage truck

7 months 5 hours 3 minutes ago March 22, 2016 Mar 22, 2016 Tuesday, March 22 2016 March 22, 2016 4:04 PM in News
Source: WBRZ

TICKFAW - A car crash involving a garbage truck took the life of 64-year-old Edward Stewart, from Independence, on Tuesday morning.

State troopers responded to the car crash on LA 442 on Mar. 22 at around 7:30 a.m. when Stewart was driving a Chevrolet Silverado eastbound and Chisti Davis, from Kentwood, was driving a Mack garbage truck eastbound in front of Stewart.

Police say, the garbage truck was stopped in the lane as it collected trash. For unknown reasons, Stewart failed to recognize the stopped garbage truck and continued straight, crashing into the rear of it.

Stewart was not wearing a seat belt and sustained fatal injuries in the crash, according to state police.

Stewart was pronounced dead on the scene by the Tangipahoa Parish Coroner’s Office.

During the crash, 33-year-old Joel Figueroa, of Hammond, was collecting trash at the rear of the truck, according to state police. Figueroa was seriously injured in the crash and transported to North Oaks Medical Center by Acadian Air-Med in critical condition.

State troopers say they do not suspect impairment to have been a factor in the crash however, blood samples were taken from both drivers and will be sent to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

Police say the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

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