Ville Platte man dies in collision with trailer hauling hay


A utility trailer disconnected from a truck and hit another truck head-on Tuesday morning in Evangeline Parish, causing the death of a 43-year-old Ville Platte man, according to Louisiana State Police.

Around 11:15 a.m., troopers from Troop I responded to the crash on La. Highway 1171, north of Industrial Park Road. James Erwin was driving a 2012 Ford F150 pickup southbound when it was hit by the trailer, which was carrying hay and had broken away from a 2006 Ford F250 pickup driven by a 16-year-old boy.

The boy didn’t realize the trailer had broken away until he arrived at his destination, about a mile away, according to the release.