2 men die in crash in DeSoto Parish

MANSFIELD, LA (KSLA) – A late night crash has claimed the life of two men from Mansfield.

According to Louisiana State Police, the wreck happened on US 84, just west of Mansfield.

Troopers say the driver, 21-year-old Alejandro Ladrillera and his passenger, 23-year-old Jesus Alvarez were headed east in a Dodge truck, when the truck crossed the centerline and collided head-on with an empty salt water tanker truck.

The Dodge truck then burst into flames with both the driver and passenger trapped inside. Both men were pronounced dead at the scene by the DeSoto Parish Coroner.

Alcohol use by the driver is suspected to be a factor in the crash.

We're told that the driver of the tanker truck, 27-year-old Michael L. Whitaker, was not injured.
The wreck remains under investigation.

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