Chris Gray, 35, dies, truck driver and two other workers hurt when logging truck hits parked vehicles in construction zone on U.S. 171 near Mansfield, Louisiana

Modified Date: 
Thu, 01/26/2023 - 1:22pm
Accident Date: 
Wednesday, January 25, 2023

DOTD highway worker killed, 3 others injured in DeSoto Parish crash

State police said Charles Barker, 42, of Florien, was driving an empty log truck south on Highway 171 while two DOTD vehicles were stopped in the right lane as work crews made road repairs. Barker's log truck hit the first DOTD truck, a 2018 Dodge Ram, causing it to leave the road. 

2 LaDOTD workers injured, 1 killed in De Soto Parish crash

Around 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, the workers involved were filling potholes on U.S. 171 just south of W.P.A. Rd. in Benson. One employee, Chris Gray, was tragically killed.

People Involved: 
Chris Gray
Jalen Singleton
Mario Ross
Charles Barker
U.S. 171