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Jonesboro man killed, passenger seriously injured in crash

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JACKSON PARISH, La., (KNOE 8 News) - Just before 2am this morning, a pickup truck being driven by 32-year-old Earnest Chatman of Jonesboro crashed in Jackson Parish.

State troopers say that the pickup, traveling on US highway 167, left the highway, rotated clockwise, struck a bridge rail, went airborne, rolled onto its roof and came to rest on the road in an upright position.

However, unfortunately, both occupants of the truck were ejected during the crash, leaving Chatman dead and seriously injuring his passenger, identified as 24-year-old Jermaine Washington of Nacogdoches, Texas. Neither the driver nor the passenger were wearing a seat-belt.

Washington was airlifted to the LSU Hospital in Shreveport and is said to have life-threatening injuries from the crash.

According to State Police, impairment is suspected to be a major contributing factor in this crash and routine toxicology tests are pending.

Troop F has investigated three fatal crashes which have resulted in three deaths so far this year. All three fatal crash victims were ejected from their vehicles.  While not all crashes are survivable, chances of survival are increased and severity of injuries can be decreased by the proper usage of a seat belt or age/weight appropriate child restraint. In 2010, 43% of all fatal crashes in Louisiana involved alcohol usage.

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