An LSU student was killed on Friday morning in a crash on I-12 in Covington after rear-ending an 18-wheeler and driving off the highway.

State Police said the crash happened shortly after 11:20 am on I-12 near LA 1077 in Covington.

19-year-old Avery Natal of Slidell was the student killed in the crash.

The investigation revealed that Natal was traveling eastbound in the left lane on I-12 in a Hyundai Elantra while at the same time a 2017 Freightliner tractor-trailer was in the right lane on the same roadway.

Natal traveled into the right lane and struck the rear of the tractor-trailer. After striking the truck, Natal traveled off of the roadway to the right and into a line of trees.

Despite being properly restrained, Natal suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead on the scene.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was properly restrained and not injured.

Impairment is not suspected as a cause of the crash, but toxicology samples were taken from both drivers as part of an ongoing investigation.

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