Troopers responded to the crash around 7:40 a.m., which occurred on US Hwy 171 at Leach Road in Vernon Parish. The crash involved a 2006 Nissan pickup, driven by Jeffrey C. Townsend (W/M 27 yrs) of Ormond Beach, FL and a 1985 AMC Jeep, driven by James E. Tipper (W/M 42 yrs) of New Llano. The Nissan was south bound on US Hwy 171 when Townsend collided with Tipper’s vehicle, which was south bound on US Hwy 171 preparing to turn right onto Leach Road. After the collision, Tipper’s vehicle began overturning.
Townsend was not wearing his seatbelt, but was not injured. He was issued a citation for following too close.
Tipper was not wearing his seatbelt and was ejected. He received serious injuries and was transported to Rapides Regional Medical Center.
Routine toxicology tests are pending. The crash remains under investigation.