DeQuincy man killed after tractor-trailer hits SUV near Vinton

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VINTON, La. (AP) - A trucker with two children in his cab crossed the center line and hit a pickup truck and an SUV, killing the latter's driver and injuring the other.

Louisiana State Police said it happened Tuesday just after 6:30 p.m. on Interstate 10, about 4½ miles west of Vinton.

Investigators said Justin Chong, 34, of Asheville, North Carolina, was headed east when his tractor-trailer ran off the road and hit the westbound pickup driven by Zachary Flessner, 24, of Damon, Texas, and an SUV driven by Stephen Bertram, 54, of DeQuincy.

Bertram was pronounced dead at the scene. Flessner was treated for moderate injuries at a Beaumont, Texas-area hospital.

Chong, along with his 3-year-old and 8-year-old passengers, were treated for minor injuries.

The crash remains under investigation.

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