Minden Press-Herald

Wednesday
Oct 01st

Allen Drive accidents cause injuries, fire

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While firemen fought a grass fire that was started by a car fire, a distraught man sat on a pickup tailgate looking at the blood on his hands and telling his story to Minden police officers.

DSC_0090In the first of two wrecks on Allen Drive Thursday afternoon, Melvin Jones, a kidney transplant patient, said he was running an errand for someone when he lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle overturned then burst into flames.

Jones who has been on dialysis for eight years said he doesn't see how he can overcome this.

"I knew I had bad tires," he said, "but I did not expect this. I don't know what I'm gonna do."

According to the Webster Parish Sherriff's Office, Jones was driving too fast around the curve when he took out an electrical pole and his blue jeep caught fire.

Minden and District 10 fire departments were dispatched around noon.

In the second of two rollovers Patrina Landry, 37, of Minden, was taken to Minden Medical Center with possible serious injuries.

According to WPSO, careless operation, speeding, DUI and suspected narcotics contributed to the wreck that caused property damage to a private fence. Landry's vehicle was reportedly totaled.

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