SAINT FRANCISVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) – A driver lost his life in a tragic Christmas Eve crash while towing a small utility trailer through West Feliciana Parish, authorities say.

According to Louisiana State Police (LSP), the crash occurred shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday, December 24.

LSP says the man was behind the wheel of a Ram 2500 and making his way west, along LA 10 near Bains Road when his truck suddenly veered off road and hit a tree.

Though the driver was wearing a seatbelt, the impact of the crash left him with severe injuries and police say he was rushed to an area hospital for treatment.

Despite the efforts of healthcare workers, LSP reports that the man passed away at the hospital as a result of his injuries.

At this time, the identity of the driver has not been released, and LSP says the crash remains under investigation.