Firefighters save passenger pinned in deadly wreck
SLIDELL - Emergency responders in Slidell worked for two hours to extract a passenger pinned when their vehicle was involved in a high-speed crash this weekend, killing the driver.
Slidell Police said the wreck happened around 9:30 p.m. in the Dellwood subdivision, and killed 29-year-old Joshua Jones of Harahan.
Investigators said his passenger, a 26-year-old male, was rescued from the overturned vehicle after a lengthy rescue operation with St. Tammany Fire District One, Slidell Police and Acadian Ambulance. He was taken to University Hospital in New Orleans in critical condition.
Police said Jones was driving at more than 60 miles per hour down Riviera Drive, which has a 20 mile per hour speed limit, and ran the stop sign onto Nassau Drive. They said he hit a car heading west on Nassau, causing Jones' vehicle to flip and hit a utility pole.
"The crash scene was surreal. It's something you would never expect to see in a residential neighborhood," said Detective Daniel Seuzeneau, spokesman for the Slidell Police Department.
Police said Jones was killed immediately, and two people in the car he hit had only minor injuries.
Investigators said they suspect Jones was impaired in the wreck, but are waiting for blood tests to be processed on both drivers.