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Crash in Morehouse Parish claims the life of Bastrop man

A roadway crash.
A roadway crash.(AP GraphicsBank)
Published: Apr. 4, 2021 at 6:59 PM CDT
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Update: LSP originally identified the victim as Elbert Harden. On Monday, they released a correction identifying the victim as Leroy Harden. They say Elbert Harden was not involved in the crash.

MER ROUGE, La. (KNOE) - A head-on crash in Morehouse Parish has claimed the life of a Bastrop man, authorities say. The incident happened on April 4, 2021, at around 12:15 p.m.

According to the Louisiana State Police, they were called to a two-vehicle crash on US Highway 165, just north of Mer Rouge. They say an initial investigation revealed a vehicle driven by 65-year-old Leroy Harden was traveling south on 165 when his crossed the center line into the path of another vehicle.

LSP says after the impact, the second vehicle ran off the road and became engulfed in flames. They say Harden was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and passenger of the second vehicle were all taken to a local hospital.

Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation

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