A Carriere man died Sunday night in a fiery crash in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. Police said Thomas Neumann, 47, was traveling north on Interstate 59 when his vehicle struck the rear of a tractor trailer stalled in the right lane.
The tractor trailer had just run over a mattress that was on the road. The mattress tore the airlines, fuel lines and electrical lines from under the tractor. When Neumann hit the tractor, his vehicle burst into flames with Neumann still inside.
Investigators said Neumann sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene. We're told Neumann was restrained and impairment is not suspected. The driver of the tractor was not in the vehicle at the time of the crash. Police say alcohol was not a factor either.
State Police urge motorists to report any debris or objects on the roadway. State police also suggest motorists carry an emergency kit equipped with flares, in the event that they become stalled on the roadway at night.
If your vehicle becomes stalled on the roadway immediately call *LSP (*577) or 911, position flares to warn on-coming motorists, get all the occupants to exit, and get to a safe location away from the vehicle.