Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L responded Wednesday (August 16, 2017) afternoon to a three vehicle fatal crash on LA 440 near the intersection of Vernon School Rd. The crash has claimed the life of Sandra Williams (47) of Franklinton.
Troopers determined that the crash occurred as Owen McPherson (50) of Harvey was driving a 1995 Peterbilt tractor-trailer on LA 440, missed his turn, stopped in the roadway, and began backing onto Vernon School Road. As he was backing up, the cab-tractor portion of McPherson's truck was between a hillcrest and a sweeping curve and obstructing the lane of traffic. Another Peterbilt tractor-trailer, driven by Billy Mingo (43) of Bogalusa was approaching and, when Mingo saw his lane was blocked, sharply applied his brakes. Mingo’s braking caused his tractor-trailer to rotate clockwise and block both lanes of traffic. Sandra Williams was eastbound on LA 440 and her Tahoe crashed into the rear axles of Mingo’s trailer.
Owen McPherson was arrested and booked into the Washington Parish Jail for Improper Backing, Aggravated Obstruction of a Roadway, and Negligent Homicide.