Driver Killed in Two-Vehicle Crash Involving an 18-Wheeler

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The crash claimed the life of 59-year-old Leon Henry Wallace Jr. of Glenmora.

Posted: Oct 28, 2021 3:40 PM

Oakdale La.  – Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop D responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on US Hwy 165, south of Pawnee Road in Allen Parish on October 27, 2021, shortly before 7:30 p.m. The crash claimed the life of 59-year-old Leon Henry Wallace Jr. of Glenmora.

The initial investigation revealed a 2020 Kenworth 18-wheeler, driven by 53-year-old James Randal Gowen of Milton, FL., was traveling south on US 165 in a merging lane adjacent to the left lane of travel. At the same time, a 2012 GMC Sierra, driven by Wallace, was traveling south on US 165 in the left lane. As the driver of the 18-wheeler began to merge into the left lane of travel, the rear right side of the trailer struck the front left side of the GMC.

Wallace, who was properly restrained, sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. Gowen was properly restrained and not injured. Toxicology samples were obtained from Gowen and Wallace and submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

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