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State Police: 78-year-old Elton man dies in crash after hitting back of tractor trailer


An Elton man died Monday after his pickup truck collided head-on with a tractor-trailer.

According to State Police, it  happened around 1:45 p.m. on US Hwy 165 near Atterberry Road in Jefferson Davis Parish.

The crash claimed the life of 78-year-old Eugene E. Kinkelaar of Elton, police said. 

A preliminary investigation has revealed that Kinkelarr was behind the wheel of the pickup truck were  traveling north on US Hwy 165 when for reasons unknown, he struck the rear of a John Deere tractor, with a disk plow attachment driven by 24-year-old Joshua Dean Luntsford of Fenton.

He sustained fatal injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene by the Jefferson Davis Parish Coroner’s Office.

Luntsford was treated at the scene for minor injuries sustained during the crash, police said. 

Toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers and will be submitted for analysis.

The crash remains under investigation.

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