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CULLEN, La. — A Friday morning crash involving a collision between a commercial vehicle and a passenger car is the culprit of a fatality in north Webster Parish, according to Louisiana State Police. 

Trooper Brent Hardy said the crash that happened around 11 a.m. took the life of 37-year-old Darrell Cude of Shongaloo. Cude was traveling south on U.S. Highway 371 in a 2004 Hyundai Santa Fe when he lost control as he drove on the shoulder of the highway to pass a southbound commercial motor vehicle. 

Cude overcorrected and caused his vehicle to go into the opposing lane of travel and collide with a northbound commercial motor vehicle. 

Cude, who was not restrained, sustained fatal injuries. The driver of the other vehicle, who was properly restrained, was not injured. 

A toxicology sample was obtained and will be submitted for analysis.  This crash remains under investigation. 


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