(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.
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 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.
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.