Oakdale man drowns after truck goes into river - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Oakdale man drowns after truck goes into river

OAKDALE, LA (KPLC) -

The Allen Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating a drowning at Calcasieu River Dam in Oakdale. According to Chief Deputy Grant Willis deputies were called out at 12:06 a.m. after Joey Mattocks, 52, of Oakdale backed his Ford F-350 over the bank and into the river. A woman with Mattocks was not in the vehicle at the time of the accident and ran to the nearest home for help.

"Not only did we respond but the Oakdale Police department and Fire Department came out. It took the dive team about three hours to get the truck out of the water and recover the body," said Willis.

Detectives spent most of the day trying to reconstruct the scene and determine exactly what happened.

"We are not sure if he was going forward or backwards, but tire marks in the dirt and on the bank are part of the investigation to find out why he went into the water," said Willis.

Willis said the extreme darkness of the night was likely a contributing factor and that they don't suspect foul play and believe it was an accident.

"We still have a lot of unanswered questions. The autopsy should answer some questions for us and determine a cause of death. And there are some answers we may not find out but we are going to work hard to try and determine all of the facts of the case," said Willis.

Meanwhile authorities don't know if alcohol was a factor, but said standard toxicology tests are also pending. 

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