NPSO: TWO CRASHES INVOLVING SIX VEHICLES ON I-49 NEAR CHOPIN SEND ELEVEN PEOPLE TO NATCHITOCHES AND ALEXANDRIA HOSPITALS

(CHOPIN, LA.) Two separate crashes involving six vehicles on I-49 near Chopin resulted in eleven people being transported to Natchitoches and Alexandria hospitals on Friday evening according to the Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Office.

On Friday evening, December 18 at approximately 6:02pm, Natchitoches Parish Sheriff’s Deputies, Louisiana State Police, Natchitoches Parish Fire Protection District #1 First Responders, and Natchitoches Regional Medical Center EMS responded to NATCOM 911 reports of a multi-vehicle crash on I-49 just south of Chopin, La.

Units arriving on scene, discovered a second crash scene resulting in six vehicles involved in both crashes resulting in eleven injuries.

Eight adults and three children were injured.

Natchitoches EMS Director Larry Atteridge said that all injuries appeared to be non-life threatening minor to moderate.

Med Express Ambulance was also contacted to assist in transportation of the injured to hospitals.
All were transported to Natchitoches Regional Medical Center and Rapides Regional Medical Center for treatment of injuries.

Deputies say the northbound lane of Interstate 49 was closed for approximately 1 hour then opened to one lane while State Police investigated both crashes.

The crash investigation is being conducted by Troopers assigned to LSP Troop-E Alexandria.

No further information is being released at this time.

We would like to thank all first responders, NRMC EMS and Med Express Ambulance for their assistance last night that involved a coordinated combined effort by all agencies that responded to the scene of both crashes,” said Sheriff Stuart Wright.