Police: Driver Suffers Minor Injuries in 18-Wheeler Accident

Police: Driver Suffers Minor Injuries in 18-Wheeler Accident

A car is crushed in Monroe after an 18 wheeler falls on it and police say she suffered minor injuries.
Monroe fire crews trying to extract the injured driver
Monroe fire crews trying to extract the injured driver
Two cranes and a tow truck were called in to remove the 18-wheeler
Two cranes and a tow truck were called in to remove the 18-wheeler
Fire crews huddled around the extracted injured driver
Fire crews huddled around the extracted injured driver

UPDATE 6:40 p.m. -- The smallest sign of strength, a hand reaching out for help, showed a happy ending to what could have been a disaster.

Monroe Police said an 18-wheeler, just after 3 p.m., was driving down the Jackson Street ramp off I-20 East and trying to turn onto Jackson.

Police said witnesses report the truck was driving too fast to make the turn.

It overturned and fell onto a car, trapping the woman driver inside.

"She did have some obvious injuries to her legs because the steering wheel had her leg pinned," Monroe Fire Chief, Terry Williams, said.

Even after that, the woman was alive.

"She was alert and oriented when we arrived on scene and she's still alert and oriented at this time," Williams said.

"I don't think that anybody could get out of that kind of wreck but I was shocked. I was shocked," witness Shekita Banks said.

Monroe Police, firefighters and Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputies used cranes and cables to rescue her.

"We had to get some assistance from Plunk's Wrecker Service to move the 18-wheeler off of the car," said Williams.

Finally, with crowds of onlookers watching, the 18-wheeler lifted and the woman was taken to the hospital with just minor, non-life threatening injuries.

Though questions remain around this crash, first responders and witnesses said they're thankful she made it out.

"To be alive after all that. Her car was squished. I would be thankful," said Banks.

Police said the driver of the 18-wheeler suffered only cuts and scratches, but he waited to see if the woman was alright before seeking medical attention for himself.

KTVE/KARD asked the truck driver what had happened, but he said his bosses would have to tell us.

For now, the investigation is in the hands of Monroe Police and it is ongoing.


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Police say the woman has suffered minor, non-life threatening injuries after being pulled from a car that was mostly crushed by an 18-wheeler.

The truck driver suffered no injuries other than cuts and scratches. Police are still investigating the cause of how this accident happened.

Police said witness statements claim the driver was going too fast to make the turn on Jackson Street.

Check back with this article for updates and tune in to KTVE 10 News at 5 for the latest.

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Police say the woman has been pulled form her car and is being taken to a local hospital.

Police say the driver is an African-American female in her 40s. Police say she suffered injuries to her legs because they were pinned under the steering wheel.

So far, the extent of her injuries is unknown. Check back with this article for more updates.

Monroe Firefighters, Monroe Police, Ouachita Parish Sheriff's Deputies and Plunk's Towing and Recovery were all on-scene assisting in the rescue.

"Right now, I can tell you that she was alert and oriented when we arrived on scene and she's still alert and oriented at this time. Our guys just got her out. We're assessing her injuries at this time," Monroe Fire Chief, Terry Williams, said.

"I have been backed into by an 18-wheeler and I was kind of shocked but to see that? It was....Oh my God," witness Shekita Banks said.

We will bring you more details as we receive them.
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(MONROE, LA) -- An eighteen wheeler fell onto a car near the Jackson Street exit off I-20.

Monroe Fire department officials and ambulances are on scene.
 
Monroe police say the female driver is alive and conscious, efforts are being made to get her out. 

Police say the 18-wheeler was coming down Jackson street ramp from I-20 Eastbound and trying to turn onto Jackson Street when the accident happened.

Tow trucks and cranes are now trying to lift truck off of car.  We'll bring you further details as we get them.
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