MER ROUGE, La. — A head-on collision in Morehouse parish claimed the life of a Bastrop man over the weekend.
According to Louisiana State Troop F, officers responded to an accident on Sunday, April 4 just before 12:15 pm to a two-vehicle crash on US Hwy 165, north of Mer Rouge.
The initial investigation reveals a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 65- year-old Leroy Harden, was traveling south on US HWY 165 when for unknown reasons, he crossed the centerline into the path of a Ford Expedition.
The crash caused the Expedition to run off the road and become overwhelmed with flames.
Harden was found wearing a seatbelt, but was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and passengers of the Expedition were all taken to a local hospital with injuries. Toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for evaluation.
The crash is still being investigated by Troop F, who has investigated a total of 13 fatal crashes resulting in 16 deaths so far in 2021.
*Note: This article was updated after Louisiana State Police Troop F determined the driver of the Chevrolet Silverado to be 65-year-old Leroy Harden. Elbert Harden was not involved in the crash.*