Leader photos by ELIZABETH DEGRIE AND T. SCOTT BOATRIGHT
Above: A wheelchair passenger van rolled over an unknown number of times before coming to rest on its side on Chatham Highway at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. Eric Brazzel, public education officer with the Ruston Fire Department, said all occupants were out of the vehicle when emergency responders arrived. One passenger was transported to the emergency room with unknown injuries.
Below: One person was transported to Northern Louisiana Medical Center Tuesday afternoon following a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Louisiana Highway 145 and U.S. Highway 80 in Choudrant. Keisha Leonard of Baton Rouge was driving south on La. 145 and reportedly ran a stop sign and struck a 2001 Toyota pick-up traveling on U.S. 80. The driver of the pick-up was taken to the hospital, while Leonard was ticketed for failure to yield.
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Ruston Mayor Ronny Walker said he came home from his first official trip to Washington, D. C., “higher than a kite” over the favorable reception the city received from members of Louisiana’s congressional delegation.
Walker, Waggoner Engineering’s North Louisiana Director Richard Durrett, of Ruston, and Waggoner CEO/Chairman Joe Waggoner of Jackson, Mississippi, visited with four lawmakers Jan. 21 about the proposed I-20 interchange at Rough Edge Road and the status of the Sparta Aquifer.