Slidell woman, 19, dies in Interstate 12 crash in St. Tammany Parish

Staff Report

Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L reported a two-vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 12 near Hwy. 1077 in St. Tammany Parish after 11:20 a.m. April 8.

The crash claimed the life of 19-year-old Avery Natal of Slidell.

Louisiana State Police

According to a news release, the initial investigation revealed the crash occurred as Natal was eastbound, in the left lane, on Interstate 12 in a 2020 Hyundai Elantra. At the same time, a 2017 Freightliner tractor trailer was eastbound, in the right lane, on Interstate 12. For reasons still under investigation, the Hyundai traveled into the right lane and struck the rear of the Freightliner’s trailer. After striking the Freightliner, the Hyundai traveled off of the roadway to the right and into the tree line.

Despite being properly restrained at the time of the crash, Natal sustained fatal injuries. She was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Freightliner was properly restrained and was not injured. Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.