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Westlake man dies in Moss Bluff crash

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A Westlake man died Thursday after the car he was a passenger in collided with a truck that crossed into his lane.

The crash happened at about 1 p.m. on U.S. Highway 171 just north of Joe Miller Road in the community of Moss Bluff in Calcasieu Parish, State Police said.  

Leighton Harold Chene, 59, of Westlake, was not restrained and was thrown from the vehicle in the accident, State Police said. 

Chene was riding in a 2014 Nissan driven by Annalee Chene, 35, of Moss Bluff. She was northbound on U.S. 171 when a 2015 Ford pick-up truck driven by Kyle Bunch, 73, allegedly crossed a solid white line and entered her lane, colliding with her car, State Police said. 

The car rolled onto its side and skidded into a ditch, then rolled again, State Police said. Chene was transported to a Lake Charles hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chene also was transported with injuries. Bunch and his passenger weren't injured, State Police said. 

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.  A routine toxicology sample was obtained from each of the drivers and will be submitted for analysis.
Bunch was cited for improper lane usage.  The crash remains under investigation and additional charges are possible.

Wearing a seat belt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves in the event of a crash, State Police said.  Motorists are encouraged to wear a seat belt whenever traveling in a vehicle. 

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