Louisiana Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash After Crossing the Centerline on LA Hwy 4 in Franklin Parish

By Seraphina Frost
Published July 09, 2023

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Louisiana Man Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash After Crossing the Centerline on LA Hwy 4 in Franklin Parish

Franklin Parish, Louisiana – A Louisiana man was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Franklin Parish after he crossed the centerline on Louisiana Highway 4.

Shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 7, 2023, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F initiated an investigation into a deadly collision involving two vehicles on LA Hwy 4, situated slightly to the east of LA Hwy 578. Unfortunately, the crash resulted in the tragic death of Ernest Jackson III, a 46-year-old individual from Baskin, Louisiana.

The initial inquiry showed that a 2005 Dodge Ram, driven by Jackson III, was moving in an eastern direction on LA Hwy 4. Simultaneously, a 2020 International dump truck was traveling in a westerly direction on the same highway. The Ram, for reasons that are currently being investigated, veered across the dividing line and collided head-on with the dump truck.

Following the crash, Jackson III sustained injuries that ultimately led to his death. The Franklin Parish Coroner’s Office confirmed his death at the location of the incident. The driver of the dump truck suffered less severe injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital for medical care. It is unclear if impairment was a factor, but standard toxicology samples were obtained and will be examined. The investigation of this crash is still ongoing.

State troopers are urging drivers to consistently make wise choices when operating a motor vehicle. It is crucial to never drive under the influence, when exhausted or distracted. Additionally, it is important to adhere to all traffic regulations and guarantee that all passengers are securely restrained. Although not all accidents can be survived, practicing these straightforward preventive measures frequently determines whether one lives or dies.

So far in 2023, Troop F has looked into 19 fatal collisions, which led to the loss of 21 lives.