2 men killed, 2 others hurt in 2 separate wrecks

The accidents happened within a half hour of one another in North Louisiana

2 men killed, 2 others hurt in 2 separate wrecks
A South Louisiana man died Sept. 13 when the 2004 Nissan Frontier he was driving ran off Louisiana Highway 542 near Jimmie Davis Tabernacle in Jackson Parish and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle.

(KSLA) - Two people are dead as a result of two separate wrecks within a half hour Thursday afternoon in North Louisiana.

Impairment is suspected of having been a factor in a crash in which a South Louisiana man was ejected, killing him, according to Louisiana State Police.

It happened about 3:10 p.m. in Jackson Parish.

A South Louisiana man died Sept. 13 when the 2004 Nissan Frontier he was driving ran off Louisiana Highway 542 near Jimmie Davis Tabernacle in Jackson Parish and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle.
A South Louisiana man died Sept. 13 when the 2004 Nissan Frontier he was driving ran off Louisiana Highway 542 near Jimmie Davis Tabernacle in Jackson Parish and overturned, ejecting him from the vehicle. (Jackson Parish Sheriff's Office)

Joseph Cook, 60, of Livonia, was driving a 2004 Nissan Frontier south on Louisiana Highway 542 near Jimmie Davis Tabernacle when his vehicle failed to negotiate a slight right-hand curve, preliminary investigation shows.

The vehicle ran into a ditch and began to overturn, ejecting Cook, who was not wearing a seat belt, Senior Trooper Michael Reichardt said.

A representative of the Jackson Parish coroner’s office pronounced him dead at the scene of the wreck about six miles northeast of Jonesboro.

Then about 3:40 p.m., a Colfax man was killed and two other men suffered moderate injuries in a collision involving three pickups - two Fords and a Chevrolet.

A Colfax man was killed and two other men suffered moderate injuries in a collision Sept. 13 involving three pickups - two Fords and a Chevrolet - on LA 6 in Natchitoches Parish.
A Colfax man was killed and two other men suffered moderate injuries in a collision Sept. 13 involving three pickups - two Fords and a Chevrolet - on LA 6 in Natchitoches Parish. (Natchitoches Parish Sheriff's Office)

A 2004 Chevrolet was traveling west on Louisiana Highway 6 near the Natchitoches Parish village of Clarence when its driver lost control of the truck, causing it to cross into the oncoming lane, according to authorities.

The pickup sideswiped a 2015 Ford then collided head-on with a 2017 Ford, both of which were traveling east, Master Trooper Daniel “Scott” Moreau reports.

Killed was 56-year-old Edward B. Goff, who was driving the Chevrolet.

Goff, who was wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of the two Ford pickups - 64-year-old Ricky J. Thibodeaux, of Pineville, and 46-year-old Dewayne T. Amburn, of Calhoun - were taken to a Natchitoches hospital for treatment.

Both of them were wearing seat belts.

That wreck closed LA 6 for a couple hours.

Eastbound traffic was detoured via the Campti Cut-Off, while westbound traffic was diverted onto US 71.

Routine toxicology tests are pending on both wrecks.

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Louisiana State Police Troop E has investigated 34 fatal crashes resulting in 37 deaths this year. In Troop F, there have been 26 fatal crashes resulting in 30 deaths this year.

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