Man dies in head-on crash

Staff reports
A tanker truck burned after it was involved in a fatal crash near the Sunshine Bridge Friday.

A man died Friday afternoon after an 18-wheeler struck his vehicle on Hwy. 70 near the Sunshine Bridge in St. James Parish.

Nathan J. Folse, 52, of Baton Rouge was pronounced dead at the scene by the St. James Parish Coroner’s Office, according to Louisiana State Police.

The 2008 International tanker truck, driven by Gregory P. Stagg, 53, of Baton Rouge, caught fire after the collision, police said.

The tanker, owned by Southern Ionics, was not loaded at the time and contained only residue of an aqueous ammonia solution, according to police. The tank was not breached and none of the residual contents were released, police added.

Folse was driving a 2002 GMC Yukon eastbound on Hwy. 70 when he was struck head on by the tanker truck, which was traveling westbound on Hwy. 70 when it crossed the centerline and struck the Yukon, police said.

Troopers and St. James Parish Sheriff’s deputies closed Hwy. 70 between Hwy. 3125 and the Sunshine bridge while they investigated.

Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor in the crash, but blood was taken from both drivers and will be submitted to the State Police Crime Lab for chemical analysis, according to police.

Stagg was arrested and charged with negligent homicide and driving left of center. He was booked into the St. James Parish Prison.