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Truck Crash in Northern Louisiana Leaves One Dead

A collision between two trucks on I-20 in Northern Louisiana left one man dead and several others injured. The accident occurred on July 24 at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon in Lincoln Parish.

The auto accident appears to have occurred as a Chevy Suburban traveling east on 1-20 began to pass a GMC truck hauling a livestock trailer. For reasons that are not yet known, the Suburban allegedly swerved to the right and collided with the truck pulling the trailer. The vehicles then both ran off the road and struck the tree line.

The Suburban reportedly struck several trees in the tree line before coming to rest. The front seat passenger, William Harris, of Niceville, Florida, was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Suburban, a 16-year-old, was taken to LSU-Shreveport hospital and was last reported to be in critical condition. Two backseat passengers also suffered minor injuries and were taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston.

The GMC truck and the trailer also struck the tree line. The driver, Nancy White, of Simsboro, Louisiana, and a 17-year old passenger in the truck were also taken to Northern Louisiana Medical Center for moderate injuries. Three cows in the livestock trailer died in the crash.

According to the Louisiana State Police, impaired driving does not appear to be the cause of the crash, but routine toxicology tests will be performed to rule it out. All of the drivers and passengers appeared to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident. At this time, there have been no driving citations issued and it is unclear whether the accident was the result of a mechanical defect, driver error, or some other cause.

Related Resources:

I-20 wreck results in Fla. man's death (The News-Star.com)

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