NAPOLEONVILLE — A Thibodaux man burned to death Tuesday morning on La. 308 in Assumption Parish after his pickup ran into a cane truck turning onto the highway, Louisiana State Police reported.
Don Williams Jr., 58, of Thibodaux, was unable to escape the burning 2008 Nissan Titan truck, which caught fire after hitting the tractor-trailer, troopers said in a news release Tuesday.
Williams was traveling northbound on La. 308 at a high rate of speed and hit the 1999 West Star tractor-trailer about 6 a.m., troopers said.
The cane truck was about halfway into a southbound, left-hand turn onto La. 308 from Nellie Street.
Troopers said speed is suspected as a factor in the high-impact crash, but Trooper Evan Harrell said Tuesday that troopers do not know what caused the Nissan to catch fire.
However, he said, the pickup hit the cane truck’s rear trailer, not the fuel tanks or lines closer to the front.
“Whatever caused the fire came from Nissan,” said Harrell, spokesman for State Police Troop C.
He said speed estimates of the pickup were not immediately available Tuesday as investigators were waiting to pull the Nissan’s data recorder.
The Assumption Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced Williams dead at the scene, troopers said.
The driver of the cane truck, David Alberes, 48, of Belle Rose, who was not wearing a seat belt, was not injured, troopers said in the statement.
Alberes took a blood-alcohol breath test and was cleared of any alcohol impairment, troopers said.
Toxicology tests for Williams are pending, troopers said.