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UPDATE: 1 dead in fatal crash in Rocky Branch

Posted: Updated: Nov 19, 2013 05:28 PM

UPDATE:

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - On November 19, 2013, at 9:46 a.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two vehicle fatal crash on Louisiana Highway 2 west of Louisiana Highway 143.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1991 Chevrolet Caprice, driven by 34-year-old Darren Walker of Gibsland, was traveling east on Louisiana Highway 2 when it crossed the center line and struck a 2011 Toyota truck, driven by 62-year-old Eldridge Bennett of Sterlington, head on that was traveling west on Louisiana Highway 2.

Walker suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Union Parish Coroner's Office. Bennett suffered moderate injuries and was taken to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport. Walker and Bennett were both wearing their seat belts. The passenger in the Chevrolet, 34-year-old Laquita Johnson of Bastrop, was not wearing her seat belt, suffered serious injuries and was taken to LSU Medical Center in Shreveport.

Impairment is not suspected. Toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

While the cause of the crash remains under investigation, Troopers urge the public to remain vigilant while driving. Never drive a motor vehicle when impaired or fatigued. Always remain buckled up while in a vehicle, regardless of seating position. Avoid distracting activities, especially the temptations of electronic devices that can substantially divert a driver's attention away from the road and always obey the speed limit.

Troop F has investigated 40 fatal crashes which have resulted in 48 deaths so far this year.

UPDATE:

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - 34-year-old Darren Walker was traveling east on La 2 in a 1991 Chevrolet Caprice when he struck a 2011 Toyota Tundra driven by 62-year-old Eldridge Bennett of Sterlington that was traveling west on Louisiana Highway 2.

Walker suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Bennett suffered moderate injuries and was taken to LSU-S.

The passenger in the Chevrolet is a female. She suffered serious injuries and was taken to LSU-S. We have not been able to confirm her identity yet.

Walker crossed the center line for unknown reasons and caused the crash.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts. The passenger was not.

Alcohol use is not suspected. Toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis.

UPDATE:

MONROE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - 2 are hospitalized after a wreck near the community of Rocky Branch.

A man driving a Toyota Tundra truck with a boat and the female passenger in a Chevrolet Caprice are in critical condition.  Another man in the Caprice was killed in the accident.

The driver of the truck was airlifted to LSU in Shreveport for treatment.

ORIGINAL STORY:

ROCKY BRANCH, La. (KNOE 8 News) - 1 person is dead in a wreck that occurred Tuesday on Louisiana Highway 2, west of the community of Rocky Branch.

The accident occurred this morning around 10:00 AM.

State Police say that officials are still on the scene, and emergency personnel are still extricating some of the injured.

State Police Public Information Officer Albert Paxton says that there are possibly several others injured.

We'll keep you up to date as more information comes available.

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