Texas man killed in crash in Ruston on I-20

RUSTON, La. (KNOE) – A Texas man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on I-20 east of La. on Tuesday, May 28 in Ruston. Hwy. 563.

According to Louisiana State Police, 32-year-old Yashwanth Popuri was driving west on I-20 when the vehicle left the road and struck a tree.

LSP says Popuri died on the spot. The passenger sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Routine toxicology samples were collected and submitted for analysis.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing.

“Troopers are to remind drivers to always make the right decisions when operating a motor vehicle,” an LSP press release reads. “Never drive when impaired, tired or distracted. Obey all traffic regulations and always ensure that all passengers are properly secured. While not all accidents are survivable, taking simple precautions like these can often mean the difference between life and death.

So far in 2024, LSP Troop F has investigated 19 fatal crashes resulting in 20 fatalities.

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