Unrestrained Driver Killed in Commercial Motor Vehicle Crash

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Union Parish, La. (Press Release) – On February 22, 2020, just after midnight, Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a one-vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Highway 167.  This crash claimed the life of an Arkansas man.   

The initial investigation revealed a 2014 Mack Truck, driven by 49-year-old Michael Ward of El Dorado, Arkansas, was traveling south on U.S. Highway 167.  For reasons still under investigation, Ward failed to negotiate a right-hand curve which caused his vehicle to travel off the left side of the highway and into the median.  His vehicle traveled a short distance in the median before it rolled over and came to rest. 

Ward, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.  A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation. 

Buckling up is the most effective way to protect yourself in a crash. Failure to take a few seconds to buckle up can have devastating consequences. Louisiana law requires every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, to be properly restrained day or night.

In 2020, Troop F has investigated to eight fatal crashes resulting in nine deaths.

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