Central big rig crash 4-19-24
Central big rig crash 4-19-24

Central man arrested after big rig driver forced off Hooper Rd. and trapped for hours

CENTRAL —- A 39-year-old Central man is on his way to the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison for his alleged role in a major crash that triggered a big rig driver to flip and end up trapped for hours.

Joseph Perry Montgomery, 39, of Central, turned himself into officers. He’s facing one count of felony hit and run.

“I’m thankful for the Central Police Department for working diligently in finding the driver that ran me off the road,” the driver of the big rig told UWK. “I just hope this driver understands what he has done because of unsafe driving. I hope this was a lesson for him because the outcome for him could have been different. And not just to look out for himself but we must be mindful of other people. I have family and friends waiting at home for me just like him or any other person. I’m held to a safety standard because I drive a big rig & that standard should be held for all drivers. I could have lost my life because of careless driving. But I’m thankful God spared the both of us. I can recover with a little more peace. Thanks again Central Police Department.”

Montgomery was driving a white four-door GMC pick-up truck on Friday, April 19, 2024 around 7:30 p.m. on Hooper Rd. in Central, between Devall Rd. & Greenwell Springs.

“We saw the GMC’s truck driver crossed over the center line on Hooper Rd. into in the path of oncoming traffic. The big rig driver went off the roadway to avoid hitting the GMC head-on. The big rig was not able to recover back to the roadway and ultimately, flipped over,” said Central Police Chief Roger Corcoran.

The driver of the big rig was trapped in the truck and Central & St. George firefighters spent three hours extricating him out. Officials added he was responding and talking to them the entire time, including saying “Thank you” repeatedly to the officials.

“Social media helped us a lot in this case. We received numerous phone calls of a possible suspect. Through our investigation, we verified that Montgomery owned the truck similar to the vehicle that was seen during the accident. We also saw the same white four-door GMC truck on surveillance video on the big rig’s video,” Chief Corcoran told UWK.

“Once it was posted to social, a Baton Rouge attorney contacted our office and advised his client was the subject Central PD was looking for. That person asked to turn themselves in and cooperated with law enforcement. A warrant was signed for his arrest for one count of felony hit and run,” the chief added.

The big rig was carrying plastic pellets when he was forced off the roadway.

“He was pinned beneath the seats and floorboard, but upside down. The top was crushed to the floorboard. Officials spent three hours nonstop crawling into every hole to get him out. He couldn’t reach his phone either to call for help,” said Chief Corcoran. “How this guy even survived is a grace of God. There isn’t even much left to this truck. This young gentleman is still alive! He came out of the truck with his arms up saying we serve an ‘An Amazing God,’.”

The big rig driver was pulled out safely from the 18-wheeler around 10:30 p.m. and the truck was uprighted around 3 a.m. on Saturday.

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