Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop F said Tuesday that a crash on LA Hwy 563 just south of Interstate 20 took the life of a Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development employee from the West Monroe area.

The initial investigation by State Police revealed the crash occurred as a 2014 Freightliner truck was parked blocking the northbound lane of LA Hwy 563 for DOTD workers to replace a road sign. A DOTD worker, 50-year-old Johnny Cole of West Monroe, was standing behind the Freightliner. 42-year-old Michael Moore of Ruston was traveling north on LA Hwy 563 in a 2019 International Harvester 18-wheeler and did not notice the DOTD truck stopped in the northbound lane of travel. Moore was unable to stop and struck Cole, then struck the Freightliner in the rear.

Cole was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lincoln Parish Coroner’s Office. Moore was not injured in the crash and was cited for careless operation.

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