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Unrestrained firefighter dies in Bienville Parish crash

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BIENVILLE PARISH, La. -

A tragic crash has claimed the life of a Quitman, Louisiana firefighter.  He died when the fire truck he was driving, while unrestrained, crashed Monday night. Louisiana State Police say they responded to the call about 10:30 yesterday evening on Louisiana Highway 155 near Mount Olive.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 1999 Freightliner fire truck, registered to Bienville Fire District 7, was traveling north on LA 155 when the vehicle entered a curve and drifted off the roadway. The driver, Robert B. Thomas of Quitman, 52, overcorrected, crossed the center line and crashed into a ditch. The fire truck overturned pinning Thomas under the vehicle. Thomas, who was not wearing a seat belt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner's Office.

A routine toxicology sample was obtained from Thomas for analysis. The crash remains under investigation.

Louisiana law requires every vehicle occupant, front seat and back seat, to be properly restrained day or night. Anyone, including a first responder, who chooses not to wear a seat belt increases the likelihood of injury or death in the event of a crash. 

Troop G has investigated 7 fatal crashes resulting in 7 deaths this year.

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