On September 21, 2016 at 3:36 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a report of a two vehicle crash on Louisiana Highway 2 about one mile west of Louisiana Highway 159 that claimed the lives of two people.
The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2006 Toyota Corolla driven by 35-year-old Freddy Bryant of Shongaloo was traveling east on LA 2 at a high rate of speed, when for reasons still under investigation, Bryant lost control of the vehicle, crossed the center line, and collided head-on with a 2000 Blue Bird School Bus driven by 67-year-old Michael Timmons of Sarepta. Both vehicles came to a stop in the west bound travel lane shortly after impact.
Bryant and his passenger 29-year-old Gary Matlock of Plain Dealing sustained life threatening injuries during the crash and were pronounced dead at the scene by the Webster Parish Coroner. Timmons and the 47 students that were on board the school bus were not injured in the crash.
Impairment is not suspected in this crash, but toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.
Troopers want to take this time to remind motorists just how important it is to slow down and not out drive your ability to operate your vehicle. By reducing your speed and increasing your following distance, you can drastically reduce your chances of being involved in a motor vehicle crash.