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January 03 11:43 AM

Serious Injury crash in Claiborne Parish

 On January 2, 2013, shortly after 9:00 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop G investigated a one vehicle crash on US Highway 79, about 9 miles south of LA Highway 9, in Claiborne Parish that seriously injured a Minden Man. 

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2004 Nissan Frontier driven by 28-year-old Jodie Brazzel of Athens was traveling south on US Highway 79 when it exited the roadway to the left, struck a concrete culvert, and overturned.  

Brazzel was not wearing his seatbelt during the crash and was ejected.  Brazzell sustained moderate injuries as a result of the crash.

The passenger, 50-year-old Barry Adkins of Minden, was also not wearing his seat belt during the crash was trapped in the vehicle. Adkins sustained life threatening injuries from the crash.

Both Brazzel and Adkins were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Impairment is a suspected factor in this crash.   A toxicology sample was obtained and submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation.

In 2012, Louisiana State Police Troop G investigated 29 fatal crashes and of those crashes, 28 percent involved impaired drivers.  The Louisiana State Police wants to take this time to remind you that if you get behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired you not only increase your chances of being involved in a serious injury or fatal crash, but you put others at risk as well.  Don’t let a wrong choice be your last choice.  Drive sober or get pulled over.

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