JEFFERSON DAVIS PARISH, La. – KLFY reports that a construction worker operating an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) was killed when he traveled into the path of another vehicle near Jennings.
According to a preliminary investigation, 27-year-old Drake James Scrantz was operating a Polaris Ranger when he attempted to enter the I-10 South Frontage Road from an adjacent median when he was struck by a westbound Dodge pickup truck.
At the time of the crash, Scrantz was attempting to return to a construction yard after conducting road work operations nearby. Authorities say Scrantz, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected from the ATV and died as a result of his injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, who was wearing a seatbelt was not injured.
The ATV Scrantz was operating was equipped with seat belts. Evidence at the scene indicates wearing a seat belt could have made a difference.
Routine toxicology samples were obtained from the drivers and will be submitted for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.
In 2018, authorities have investigated 10 fatal crashes resulting in 10 deaths.