Fatal accident in Bienville Parish

RUSTON, LA (KSLA) - One person is dead and the driver of a truck is left seriously injured after an early morning accident on I-20 in Bienville Parish today.

Louisiana state police Troop G investigators say a 2005 Ford F-150 pickup driven by Joshua Warner, 18, of West Monroe, sustained an apparent equipment failure and lost its right front wheel while headed east on I-20 at mile marker 68 near Arcadia around 5 a.m. on Monday May 24th.

Warner and his passenger, 20-year-old Shane Johnson of Calhoun, both were ejected when the truck overturned several times after leaving the pavement. Neither occupant was restrained, troopers said.

Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene. Warner was taken to Lincoln General Hospital in Ruston with what troopers said serious but non life-threatening injuries.

Troopers said there was no evidence of impairment but toxicology test results are pending. Warner was cited for not wearing a seatbelt.