Grappes Bluff man in hospital after single-vehicle crash near Campti

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A Grappes Bluff man remains in LSU-University Health after suffering moderate injuries in a single-vehicle crash on Hwy. 480 near Campti March 22 at 11:53 pm, according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS and Natchitoches Parish Fire District #9 responded to 911 reports of the crash.

According to LSP, the preliminary investigation revealed Preston Lance Tilley, 37 of Grappes Bluff was operating a 2013 Ford F-250 pickup truck, traveling westbound on Hwy. 480 approximately 1.8 miles west of Hwy. 486 near Campti when he apparently lose control of the vehicle leaving the roadway on the right side striking a tree on the passenger side. The vehicle then continued striking a tree head-on coming to a rest.

Deputies say upon their arrival along with EMS & Fire they discovered the driver partially trapped in the wreckage. They were able to free him without the use of extrication equipment.

Tilley was transported from the scene by EMS to Natchtoches Regional Medical Center and later transferred to LSU University Health, Shreveport in serious but stable condition.

Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the crash.

The crash was investigated by Master Trooper S. Pezant assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria. Any additional information will be released by Louisiana State Police.