DeRidder man dies in three-vehicle crash

By Special to the American Press

A DeRidder man was killed Monday morning in a three-vehicle accident in Allen Parish.

According to State Police Troop D

spokesman Sgt. James Anderson, Michael D. Cooley, 52, was traveling east

on La. 112 when

his truck traveled off the roadway, over corrected and re-entered

the road before striking a westbound log truck. The driver

of the log truck, Harlen Johnson, 33, of Pitkin tried to avoid

the crash and sidewiped another eastbound log truck driven

by Freddie W. Busby, 56, of DeRidder.

Cooley, who was not wearing a seat elt, was pronounced dead at the scene. Neither of the other drivers was injured.

Routine toxicology samples were obtained for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Troop D has investigated 19 fatal crashes resulting in 21 fatalities this year.