Despite wreckage, collision leaves drivers largely unharmed

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Despite considerable damage, a two-vehicle collision Tuesday morning resulted in no serious injuries, State Police Trooper First Class Dustin Dwight said.

Dwight said that at around 11:20 a.m., a 2016 GMC truck and a 2005 Dodge Caravan were in an accident on Highway 21 South and South Columbia Street (Louisiana Highway 3124), near the Exxon gas station.

Dwight said Paul Andrews, the driver of the truck, was driving north on Highway 21, and he turned left, to enter Columbia Street. Andrews turned in front of the Caravan, driven by Gloria Maddox.

The collision ripped a tire off the GMC and flipped the truck on its side. Yet despite the impact, Dwight said that Andrews was transported to the hospital with only “minor injuries.” He added that Andrews received a citation for failure to yield when turning.

The impact also pushed Maddox’s vehicle into a grassy area off the highway, but she was apparently unharmed and Dwight said she was not taken to the hospital.

Dwight said it is important to note that both drivers were buckled up.

“The crash could have had a much different outcome had it been that the occupants were not wearing their seat belts,” he said.