In the first week of January, a tornado brought devastating destruction to the residents of Jackson Parish. The first week of February has brought its own pain as well, as two separate auto accidents this past week resulted in several injuries and one death.
The first accident took place on February 1st when Kandi Temple of Quitman suffered a seizure while driving southbound on Hwy 167 causing the vehicle to go across the northbound lane, through the parking lot of Burks Welding, and crash through the wall on the north side of the Tobacco Mart in Jonesboro. According to reports, injuries were sustained to Temple and the youths in the vehicle, as well as, the store manager requiring each to be hospitalized for treatment and evaluation.
Multi-vehicle wreck claims life of Jonesboro woman
As reported by KSLA, KTAL, and KMSS new services, Louisiana State Police say 40-year-old Melissia Bolyer, originally from Jamestown, LA but recently of Jonesboro, was killed when she was hit by a semi Thursday morning. Officials say the three-vehicle crash happened around 10:30 a.m. on February 3rd on LA Hwy 507, west of LA Hwy 9.
According to authorities, a 2016 International tractor-trailer driven by 43-year-old Edtreum Loyd of Jonesboro was traveling west on LA Hwy 507. At the same time, a 2015 Peterbilt tractor-trailer was traveling east on LA Hwy 507, followed by a 2019 Nissan Versa driven by Bolyer.
At one point, police say the International crossed the center line and exited the roadway to the left. The driver of the Peterbilt took evasive action and left the road to the right. The International struck the Peterbilt before it re-entered the eastbound lane. Boyler’s Nissan was then struck by the International and left the roadway. The International overturned and also left the road. Reports indicate Boyler was unrestrained. She suffered fatal injuries, and the Bienville Parish Coroner’s Office pronounced her dead at the scene.
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