26-year-old man killed in St. Helena Parish crash

GREENSBURG, LA (WAFB) - A Mississippi man was killed in a single-vehicle crash on LA-10 in St. Helena Parish.

State Police say James Ponder was driving west in a Ford F-750 auger truck when he failed to slow down for stopped traffic and ran off the right side of the road to avoid a crash.  Ponder then overcorrected, causing the truck to spin as it re-entered the roadway, overturned and continued for about 70 feet.

Ponder was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash happened around 9 a.m. near the St. Helena-Tangipahoa Parish line.

Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the crash.

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