Two dead after two 18-wheelers collide

The following is a Press Release from Louisiana State Police:

Early this morning, a crash involving two vehicles has killed two men.

Troopers responded to the crash around 4:10 am, which occurred on LA Hwy 28 West at LA Hwy 8.  The crash involved a 2000 International (18 wheeler), driven by 54-year-old Harold C. Durand of Pollock, LA and a 2007 Mack (18 wheeler), driven by 29-year-old Joseph J. Winford of DeRidder, LA.  The International was west bound on LA Hwy 8 when Durand failed to stop at the stop sign at the intersection of LA Hwy 28 West.  The International entered LA Hwy 28 West which resulted in the Mack colliding with it.

Durand was not wearing his seatbelt and was initially listed in critical condition.  He was transported to Rapides Regional Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.

Winford was pronounced dead at the scene.  It is unknown if he was wearing his seatbelt.

Routine toxicology tests are pending.  The crash remains under investigation.

*The roadway is still closed at this time.

Louisiana State Police would like to take this opportunity to remind/inform motorists that properly wearing your seatbelt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. We ask you to take one second to "buckle up!"

Troop E troopers have investigated four fatal crashes for the year of 2012, resulting in six fatalities.