Gas tanker crash claims life of driver

BOSSIER PARISH, La. - Bossier Sheriff’s Office assisted the Bienville Parish Haz-Mat crew Friday afternoon into Saturday morning during a crash of a large gas tanker truck that claimed the life of a 24-year-old driver.

Lt. Dave Faulk, Emergency Operations supervisor with the Bossier Sheriff’s Office, and Dep. Dave Vishnefski, Emergency Operations, drove the Bossier Sheriff’s Mobile Command Bus around 4 p.m. Friday to Highway 147, just north of Highway 507, to assist the crews on scene with a mobile command center, logistics and assist with crews to provide a place to cool off and relax in the hot afternoon sun.

At the scene were the North Bienville Parish Fire Department, Lincoln Parish Fire Department, Bienville Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana State Police Hazmat, LA Department of Transportation and Development, Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies.  Having the Bossier Sheriff’s Office mobile command bus on scene provided the emergency responders a place to operate, eat and rest in a comfortable setting.

“We know how important it is to have a place at a scene where you can gather and develop your strategy, take a break, eat, and relax in the air conditioned mobile command center,” said Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington.  “It’s tragic that this young man lost his life, but I’m glad we were able to assist our neighbors in Bienville Parish with their emergency response.”

Lt. Faulk and Dep. Vishnefski returned to Bossier Parish around 3 a.m. Saturday after the scene was cleared.

 

(Photos by Det. David Vishnefski, Emergency Operations, Bossier Sheriff’s Office)


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