• September 20, 2022

Man on Tractor Killed in Crash with Log Truck on US-171 near Noble, LA

Noble, LA — September 19, 2022, a man driving a tractor died in a collision with a loaded log truck on U.S. Highway 171 in Sabine Parish.

Investigators say the incident happened shortly after 1:00 p.m. on US-171, north of Noble. Preliminary investigation suggests the victim was riding a Kubota tractor north on the highway when he merged into the left lane. Either while merging or just after, the tractor was hit by a loaded log truck.

The tractor operator died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation continues. No further information is currently available.

Man on Tractor Killed in Crash with Log Truck on US-171 near Noble, LA

Commentary on Tractor Accident on US-171 near Noble

This crash's details need far more clarification before anyone should feel comfortable trying to say who's responsible for it: Did the tractor driver signal their intent to change lanes? How far apart were the tractor and the log truck when the tractor started to merge? Were both operators awake, alert, and paying attention to their surroundings? If not, why not? Did the truck's brakes and steering work properly? Could or should the trucker have realistically avoided the tractor?

I'm not trying to overcomplicate things or unfairly blame anyone. I'm only saying what I so often do: When people are hurt or killed in a crash like this--particularly one involving commercial vehicles--it's in everyone's best interests to know the clear facts about how and why that occurred. Not only does everyone deserve to know the truth supported by evidence, but that same evidence is often needed to make sure the right parties are held accountable for the damage done. Will law enforcement take its time and make sure the whole story is known, or should someone else step in on the victim's behalf and take a closer look?

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