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Jennings man killed in Allen Parish crash

Posted at 4:08 PM, Aug 21, 2018

 A Jennings man is dead and a passenger seriously injured after the SUV they were in collided with a truck head-on, according to Louisiana State Police.

Troopers say the two-vehicle crash happened shortly after noon, Tuesday, August 21, 2018, along LA Highway 26 just east of Oberlin. An investigation revealed that a vehicle was traveling east in a curve when the driver, 33-year-old John M. Whitaker of Jennings, crossed the centerline of the highway and struck a large commercial vehicle head-on.

Allen Parish crash kills Jennings man
Jennings man killed in Allen Parish Crash

Whitaker was pronounced dead at the scene by the Allen Parish Coroner’s Office, according to a release.  The front seat passenger in the SUV was seriously injured and was transported by air ambulance to a hospital in Alexandria.

The driver of the truck was not injured.  All vehicle occupants were wearing a seat belt.

A toxicology sample was obtained from the drivers and will be submitted for analysis.  The crash remains under investigation.