DIXIE INN, LA (KSLA) - Authorities have identified a Shreveport man as the inmate who died while trying to save another inmate when both fell out of a pickup.
The inmate who was killed is 30-year-old Kenneth George, according to Louisiana State Police.
Injured in the accident was 26-year-old Tyler K. Hodges, of Minden.
It happened about 11:40 a.m. Wednesday on Main Street (U.S. Highway 80) just west of U.S. Highway 371 in Dixie Inn.
The inmates were part of a crew reading water meters, Webster sheriff’s Chief Deputy Bobby Igo said.
After reading a meter, Hodges hopped back into the back of a pickup being driven by the Webster Parish village’s maintenance supervisor, 59-year-old Minden resident Michael Chreene.
Hodges slipped and began to fall out of the village-owned truck as it began moving on to the next meter, Igo said.
That’s when George grabbed Hodges and they both fell out of the vehicle.
George was killed when he hit the pavement.
Hodges was taken to Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport for treatment of injuries State Police described as moderate.
The truck was reported to have been traveling at 10 mph tops at the time of the accident, Igo said.
The accident is being investigated by State Police.
George had been a part of the village meter-reading crew since 2016, the chief deputy said.
State Police’s Bossier City-based Troop G now has 14 fatal accidents that resulted in 14 deaths this year.