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“Fatal Accident” At Area High School

Local authorities hope that a "vehicle crash" outside a local high school will make a strong impression on area teenagers. With Homecoming coming up at Monroe Neville High School, Louisiana State Police and other first responders descended on campus to give students a demonstration about what can happen in alcohol-related vehicle crashes. The "injuries" ranged from mild to severe; one passenger...

Bizarre Collision Creates Liability Questions

Authorities identified the victim in a fatal pedestrian-auto wreck which occurred in Bienville Parish, but legal responsibility remains uncertain. The incident took place on U.S. Highway 371 south of State Highway 516. Investigators state that 27-year-old George Arkeem, of Minden, was northbound on 371 when he came upon an adult woman lying prostrate in the roadway. He was unable to...

Sooner State Stands Up For Injured Workers

Neighboring Texas is the only remaining state that allows employer to opt out of the workers' compensation system after the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled that such a system upset the so-called Grand Bargain. Three years ago, large retailers and other large employers convinced Oklahoma lawmakers to pass a law that allowed them to self-insure against workplace injuries; after a successful...

I Wish I Could Hear You…

22 million American workers suffer partial or total permanent hearing loss on the job each year, making this condition the most common workplace injury claim. The number of claims – which come largely from construction, manufacturing, and mining operations – cost an estimated $242 million per year, according to the Department of Labor. In response, the government has launched an...

Deadly Pedestrian Crash in Eastern Louisiana

A 22-year-old woman faces negligent homicide charges after a fatal pedestrian-auto crash in West Feliciana Parish. Sherriff’s deputies state that Tiffany Cage was on Solitude Road near the Heir Road intersection when she hit 59-year-old James White, who was walking near the Solitude Road shoulder. He was pronounced dead at the scene; Ms. Cage was not injured. No other details...

Driver Charged With Fourth DUI After Injury Collision

A Leesville man is in the Beauregard Parish Jail because he was allegedly intoxicated when he rammed into a woman and two children on U.S. Highway 171. According to Louisiana State Police, 48-year-old Brian Hayes was southbound 171’s right lane near the Louisiana 112 intersection when he illegally changed lanes and sideswiped a vehicle waiting in the turn lane. The...

Two Dead After Speeding Car Slams Into School Bus

A high-speed car wreck in Shongaloo transformed a vehicle into a twisted piece of metal and sent two area residents to the morgue. According to the Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, 35-year-old Freddy Bryant, of Shongaloo, evidently lost control of his fast-moving 2006 Toyota Corolla on State Highway 2 and crossed over the center line. The vehicle then careened into a...

Could A Few Extra Pounds Cost A Few Extra Dollars?

Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin believe they found a direct link between employee obesity and workers’ compensation costs. The researchers examined 2,300 Louisiana cases to form their conclusion. They found that 75 percent of workers’ compensation claimants were either overweight (a Body Mass Index of at least 25) or obese (a BMI of 30 or more); most...

Authorities Look For Clues In Deadly Crash

Investigators have little to go on after a wrong-way car accident in the overnight hours killed one person and seriously injured two others. Louisiana State Police troopers report that 25-year-old Daniel Elwood, of Tallahassee, Fla., was southbound on State Highway 21 in one of the northbound lanes. Roughly four miles south of Bogalusa, Mr. Elwood collided head-on with a northbound...

Dual 18-Wheeler Crash Injures Two

Motorists experienced delays of up to three hours as first responders cleared a serious truck crash on Interstate 10. Details are sketchy concerning the wreck which occurred close to the Whiskey Bay Bridge and Ramah. Authorities state that the two trucks collided just west of the Atachafalaya Basin Bridge and caused traffic delays that stretched up to thirty miles. Before...