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Two Saline Residents Killed in Bienville Parish Crash  

by Minden Press-Herald

On Tuesday, February 20, 2024, shortly after 6:30 p.m., Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop G began investigating a three-vehicle fatality crash on LA Hwy 9 at the Bienville/Natchitoches Parish line. This crash claimed the lives of 82-year-old Clois Williams and 78-year-old Mary Williams.

The preliminary investigation revealed that a 2005 Toyota Tacoma, driven by C. Williams, was traveling south on LA Hwy 9. For reasons still under investigation, a large tree uprooted from the ground and fell across both lanes of travel. As a result, the Toyota collided with the tree. Additionally, two other vehicles struck the same tree. 

As a result of this crash, C. Williams and his passenger M. Williams, both unrestrained, suffered fatal injuries. They were pronounced deceased at the scene by the Bienville Parish Coroner’s Office. The other two drivers suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene. Although impairment is not suspected, routine toxicology samples were collected and will be submitted for analysis. This crash remains under investigation.

While not all crashes are survivable, statistics show that properly wearing your seat belt will dramatically reduce your chance of being injured or killed in a crash. Louisiana law requires that every person in a vehicle, regardless of seating position, always remain buckled up. Properly wearing your seat belt is one of the most effective ways to save your life and reduce injuries in crashes.

In 2024, Troop G has investigated three fatal crashes, resulting in four deaths.

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