Woman in serious condition after wreck west of Ferriday

Published 12:00 am Monday, April 30, 2001

FERRIDAY, La. – An Alexandria woman was still in serious condition at a Shreveport hospital Monday afternoon, three days after her U-Haul van collided with an 18-wheeler on U.S. 84 several miles west of Ferriday.

Cynthia Johnson of Alexandria is being treated at Louisiana State University Medical Center for severe leg injuries and numerous cuts sustained in the accident, which happened just before 7 p.m. Friday.

One passenger in the van, Kyesha Brown, was treated at Huey P. Long Medical Center in Pineville for moderate injuries but has since been released.

Another passenger, Brittany M. Johnson, sustained minor injuries and was treated and released from Riverland Medical Center.

The driver of the 18-wheeler, Michael K. Fontenot of Eunice, received injuries too minor for hospital treatment, according to the Louisiana State Police.

The ages and addresses of those involved in the accident were not available from Alexandria-based State Police Troop E as of Monday afternoon.

It took personnel of Concordia Fire District No. 2 about five to 10 minutes to extract Cynthia Johnson from the vehicle with the Jaws of Life.

She was transported by air from Riverland Medical Center in Ferriday to Louisiana State University Medical Center in Shreveport later Friday night.

The accident is still under investigation, but State Police dispatchers said it appeared that the U-Haul’s driver feel asleep at the wheel, causing the van to drift into the path of the 18-wheeler.

The accident caused traffic to back up for several miles along U.S. 84 for almost one hour.