La. State Police Troop E began investigating a two-vehicle fatality crash at the intersection of US Hwy 71 and Whispering Pine Road Monday, March 14, just before 11 a.m. This crash claimed the life of Clyde Anthony, 68, of Campti.
The initial investigation revealed a 2007 Ford Edge, driven by Tracy Johnson, 61, of Colfax was stopped on Whispering Pine Road. At the same time, a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), a chip truck, driven by Anthony was traveling north on US Hwy 71. Johnson failed to yield while making a left turn and struck the rear of the CMV. After the impact, the Ford exited the roadway to the left. The CMV continued north until it left the roadway where it traveled down an embankment and struck several trees before becoming engulfed in flames.
Johnson and his passenger were restrained and transported to a local hospital where they were treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Anthony, who was wearing a seat belt, suffered fatal injuries and was pronounced deceased on the scene by the Grant Parish Coroner.
Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in this crash; however, routine toxicology samples were taken and submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
In 2022, Troop E has investigated eight fatal crashes, resulting in eight deaths.