According to Louisiana State Police, the preliminary investigation revealed 21-year-old Zackery A. Stuckey of Natchitoches was operating a 2002 Ford F-150 pickup truck at an apparent high rate of speed traveling westbound on La. Hwy 478 when he apparently lost control of the vehicle, rotating clockwise through a ditch on the right side striking a tree, then a culvert in a private driveway, at which time the vehicle became airborne and traveled approximately 80-feet before striking a large pine tree on the driver’s side approximately six feet above the ground.
Stuckey wearing his seat belt was trapped in the vehicle.
After impact some electricity in the area was knocked out.
SWEPCO responded to the scene to restore power.
NPSO Deputies say it took NFD# 4 and #5 approximately 30-45 minutes to free Stuckey from the mangled wreckage with the use of Jaws for Life.
Stuckey was transported from the scene by NRMC to I-49 Waterwell exit where he was airlifted by Life Air 1 to University Health, Shreveport suffering from moderate to serious injuries.
Alcohol or drug usage are not believed to be a factor in the crash.
Traffic charges are pending.
Master Trooper S. Pezant assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria is investigating the crash.
NPSO: Friday, January 13th approximately 6:26pm
PHOTOS: Courtesy of the NPSO