Louisiana State Police

CUT OFF, La. -  Shortly after 6:00 a.m. this morning, Louisiana State Police Troop C was notified of a two-vehicle crash on LA Hwy. 3162, west of LA Hwy. 1, in Cut Off.

The crash claimed the life of 50-year-old Benjamin Wood of Cut Off.

The preliminary investigation revealed a 2019 Mitsubishi Mirage, driven by Wood, was traveling west on LA 3162 at the same time a fully marked Port Fourchon Harbor Police Chevrolet Tahoe was traveling east on LA 3162.

For reasons still under investigation, Wood’s Mitsubishi crossed the center line and struck the police Tahoe head-on in the eastbound lane of travel.

Troopers determined Wood was restrained at the time of the crash but was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Lafourche Parish Coroner’s Office.

The driver of the Tahoe was unrestrained and was transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Toxicology samples were taken from both drivers and results are pending. This crash remains under investigation.

Troop C has investigated 25 fatal crashes resulting in 27 deaths in 2020.

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