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Unidentified driver killed in head-on collision with a garbage truck

Grant Parish – On July 29, 2021, at approximately 11:30 a.m., Louisiana State Police Troop E responded to a two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 71, north of Louisiana Highway 158. The crash claimed the life of an unidentified driver.
The initial investigation revealed a 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee, driven by an unidentified subject, was traveling southbound on U.S. Highway 71. For reasons still under investigation, the Jeep crossed the centerline into the northbound travel lane and collided head-on with a 2019 Mack garbage truck. After striking the garbage truck, the Jeep became engulfed in flames.
The unidentified driver sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Due to the severity of the crash, seat belt usage is unknown. The driver of the garbage truck, who was not restrained, sustained moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital. Toxicology samples were obtained and submitted for analysis.
While the cause of this crash remains under investigation, distracted and inattentive driving continues to be a leading cause of crashes in our state. Louisiana State Police urges all motorists to stay alert while driving. A lapse in one’s awareness can have deadly consequences.
In 2021, Troop E Troopers have investigated 26 fatal crashes resulting in 27 fatalities.