Louisiana State Police: Trucker was walking in road when struck by cop

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 3/18/2015

Police say an Alabama trucker who was struck and killed by a state trooper’s vehicle just after midnight on Tuesday was walking in the lane of travel when the crash occurred.

Authorities say truck driver David P. Watford, 47, of Cottonwood, Ala., abandoned his tractor-trailer in the middle of one of the lanes of U.S. 65, roughly six miles north of Tallulah, La., although it is unclear at this point why the rig was abandoned.

Sgt. James Anderson, Louisiana State Police spokesman, said the officer who ended up striking Watford and other officers were called to that area to investigate the stopped truck and to try to locate the driver. He said there was no evidence of mechanical problems “at this point.”

Anderson said Watford was walking in the travel lane and wearing dark clothing when he was struck by a Chevrolet Tahoe driven by a state police officer at approximately 12:28 a.m.

“This is tragic; we hate to see this happen,” Anderson said in a phone interview with “Land Line Now.” “Our goal is to save lives whenever possible. It’s unfortunate that he was walking in a lane of travel in open farm country with no lighting in the lane of travel. There was a wide shoulder he could’ve walked on that would’ve been a better outcome for everybody.”

The crash remains under investigation.

“Land Line Now” News Anchor Reed Black contributed to this report.

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