Franklin Parish Crash Claims the Life of Baskin Man

Published: 07-08-2023 | Category: Troop F


July 8, 2023

Franklin Parish Crash Claims the Life of Baskin Man


WinnsboroOn Friday, July 7, 2023, shortly before 5:00 p.m., Troopers assigned to Louisiana State Police Troop F began investigating a two-vehicle fatal crash on LA Hwy 4 just east of LA Hwy 578. This crash claimed the life of 46-year-old Ernest Jackson III.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Dodge Ram, driven by Jackson III, was traveling east on LA Hwy 4. At the same time, a 2020 International dump truck was traveling west on LA Hwy 4. For reasons still under investigation, the Ram crossed the centerline and struck the dump truck head-on.

As a result of this crash, Jackson III suffered fatal injuries. He was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Franklin Parish Coroner’s Office. The driver of the dump truck suffered moderate injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Although impairment is unknown, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

Troopers wish to remind motorists to always make good decisions while in a motor vehicle. Never drive impaired, fatigued or distracted, follow all traffic laws, and always ensure that every occupant is properly restrained. While not all crashes are survivable, taking simple precautions such as these can often mean the difference between life and death.

In 2023, Troop F has investigated 19 fatal crashes, resulting in 21 deaths.

Contact Information:

TPR LeAnn Hodges

Louisiana State Police

Public Affairs - Troop G

Office: (318) 741-7409