LOVETT — A Jackson County man who crashed his pickup truck late Nov. 11 might have been dead for more than eight hours before the accident was discovered at sunrise Monday, south of the Crosley Fish and Wildlife Area, according to investigators.
John Long, 56, of Tampico became the sixth person to be killed this year in a Jennings County accident.
The Jennings County Sheriff’s Department ordered toxicology tests in an effort to determine why Long crashed his truck on State Road 3 northeast of Lovett.
Investigators said it appears Long was southbound between 11 p.m. and midnight when his 30-year-old truck veered to the right and left the highway. The pickup first went down an embankment before crashing into a ditch.
However, the wreckage remained unnoticed by passing motorists until shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday.
Long, who was not wearing a seat belt, was the sole occupant of the vehicle. The Jennings County coroner’s office determined that he died primarily of blunt force trauma.
The highway in southern Jennings County was closed on and off Monday morning while deputies and first-responders were working at the crash site.