This afternoon, shortly before 12:15 p.m., Louisiana State Police Troop F responded to a two-vehicle fatal crash on US Hwy 165, north of Mer Rouge.
This crash claimed the life of a man from Bastrop.
The initial investigation revealed a 1994 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by 61-year-old Elbert Harden, was traveling south on US Hwy 165, when for unknown reasons, he crossed the center line into the path of a Ford Expedition. After impact, the Expedition ran off the road and became engulfed in flames.
Harden, who was properly restrained, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver and passengers of the Expedition were all taken to a local hospital with injuries.
Toxicology samples were obtained and will be submitted for analysis.
The crash remains under investigation.