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Guardsman Killed in Crash

NATCHITOCHES PARISH, LA - On Tuesday, Sept. 11th, a crash involving two vehicles killed a Louisiana Army National Guardsman from Shreveport, LA and moderately injured another.  The Guardsmen were traveling home from Hammond, LA where they were on active duty, providing relief efforts to the citizens of Louisiana that were affected by Hurricane Isaac, when their vehicle was tragically struck.

Troopers responded to the crash around 3:20 p.m., which occurred on Interstate 49, approximately five miles north of LA Hwy 6, in Natchitoches Parish. State Police tell us the crash involved a 2007 Kenworth 18-wheeler driven by 43-year-old James Neil Saucier of Opelousas, LA and a military Humvee, driven by 30-year-old Sergeant Kevin Dean Weiner of Shreveport.  

Troopers say the Kenworth and the Humvee were both northbound on Interstate 49, prior to the crash. Police tell us Sergeant Weiner's vehicle was traveling in a military convoy, at approximately 55 mph, and was the last vehicle in line.  Investigators say Saucier was traveling faster than the convoy and collided with the rear of the Humvee. After the collision, the Humvee overturned and came to rest in the median of Interstate 49. The Kenworth also came to rest in the median.

While in Hammond, the Guardsmen were in charge of logistics in reference to the transportation of relief supplies during Hurricane Isaac.  The Guardsmen were part of the 165th CSSB Unit from Bossier City, LA.  Sergeant Weiner had been with the Louisiana Army National Guard for 12 years.

Troopers say Saucier was wearing his seatbelt and was not injured.

Poluce tell us Sergeant Weiner was wearing his seatbelt, but was pronounced dead.  His passenger, identified as 32-year-old Sergeant John C. Fike of Bossier City, LA, was wearing his seatbelt and received moderate injuries.  He was transported to Natchitoches Parish Hospital for treatment.

Routine toxicology tests and charges are pending.  The crash remains under investigation by Louisiana State Police.

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