Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Parish Fire District #7, La. Department of Transportation and Development and Archie’s Towing Services remain on the scene of a two-vehicle crash on I-49 north of the Powhatan exit according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.
This morning, Aug. 13, NatCom 911 Center received multiple calls reporting an eighteen wheeler/private vehicle crash on I-49 (southbound) near milepost# 153 north of the Powhatan exit.
Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, 2 Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS Units, Natchitoches Parish Fire District #7, NPSO Rescue, Natchitoches Fire Department Rescue, and Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development responded to the call.
Deputies say upon their arrival, some private citizens were assisting the operator of the eighteen wheeler as he was attempting to crawl out the cab of the extensively damaged truck.
According to LSP, a 2014 Ford Eclipse operated by 69-year-old Peter Wetzel of Keatchie, La. was traveling southbound on I-49 near milepost# 153. At the same time, a Freightliner eighteen wheeler pulling a trailer containing several thousand pounds of meat products operated by 47-year-old Richard K. Thrower of Ada, Oklahoma was also traveling southbound behind the Ford Eclipse.
For reasons still under investigation, the Freightliner apparently impacted the rear of the Ford Eclipse causing the Freightliner to leave the road on the right side traveling down an incline/ditch causing the truck to overturn.
Mr. Wetzel and his passenger (69-year-old Betty Sue Wetzel of Keatchie, La.) were both transported by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
Richard K. Thrower was transported by EMS to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
All three were wearing seat belts.