Miden, LA (KMSS) — On Sunday, around 8:57 p.m., troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop G responded to a single vehicle fatal crash on U.S. Highway 79 south of Louisiana Highway 518 where a Haynesville man died.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the Minden Police Department received a complaint alleging that a car was driving in a reckless manner.
Minden Police officers located the car driven by Tony Burns, 44, of Haynesville, on U.S. Highway 79 and attempted to stop it.
Burns did not stop and continued north on 79 at a high speed.
Burns lost control of the vehicle and drove into a ditch on the right side of the road. Burns struck an embankment, traveled back onto the road and then overturned multiple times.
Burns was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected. He suffered fatal injuries as a result of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Webster Parish Coroner’s Office.
Alcohol use is suspected to be a factor. A toxicology sample was obtained from Burns and will be submitted for analysis.
To report impaired drivers, motorists are encouraged to dial *LSP (*577) from their cellular phone or to contact their local law enforcement agency.
Wearing a seatbelt is the single most effective thing motorists can do to protect themselves from injury in the event of a crash. Louisiana state law requires vehicle occupants in all seating positions to be properly restrained, day and night. Buckle up Louisiana. Every trip. Every time.