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Fatal accident happens on day of I-49 opening

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CADDO PARISH, La. (KTBS) -

The expansion of I-49 in north Caddo Parish just opened Tuesday and a fatal accident has already occurred at its intersection with LA Hwy. 71.

RELATED STORY: New section of I-49 north of Shreveport opens Tuesday

Daniel Durbin, 34 of Eufaula, Oklahoma was traveling northbound on Highway 71 when he ran into the back of a Jeep Liberty that was stopped for a red light at the Highway 71 and I-49 intersection. The light, which officials said was working properly, was just made operational Tuesday morning. DOT crews were still in the area monitoring its operation when the accident happened.

Durbin reportedly said he was distracted by a dog he was traveling with when his F-150 truck hit the back of the Jeep according to Sheriff's Cpl. Ken Davis. The backseat passenger in the Jeep, 26 year-old Tyler Waggoner, was transported to University Health where he later died.

Three others in the Jeep, 39 year-old Kendrick Blackmon of Texarkana, Texas, 31 year-old Lawrence Crush of Hooks, Texas and 24 year-old Quentin Helms of Fouke, Arkansas, were also taken to University Health for minor to moderate injuries.

Durbin was not injured and he was issued a citation for careless operation.

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