Thursday (December 28, 2023) morning, shortly before 7:30 a.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a two-vehicle crash on LA Hwy 22 near Watters Road in Tangipahoa Parish. The crash claimed the life of 47-year-old Dustin Thompson of Madisonville.
The initial investigation revealed that the crash occurred as Thompson was westbound on LA Hwy 22 in a 2017 Nissan Altima. At the same time, a 2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee was eastbound on LA Hwy 22. The preliminary findings revealed the Nissan traveled onto the westbound shoulder and impacted a bridge guardrail. After impacting the guardrail, the Nissan traveled back onto the roadway before crossing the centerline and into the opposing lane. The Nissan then struck the Jeep head-on.
Despite being properly restrained, Thompson sustained fatal injuries as a result of the crash. He was pronounced deceased on the scene. The driver of the Jeep was properly restrained, but sustained moderate injuries. The driver of the Jeep was transported to a local hospital. As part of the ongoing investigation, routine toxicology samples were obtained from both drivers for analysis.