UPDATE: MMC steps up with blood drive to help 3 explosion victims

By Bonnie Culverhouse

Three Webster Parish men, injured in a propane gas explosion Monday remain at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, Daniel Payne of Minden who suffered second degree burns on shoulders, back and face, was in ICU, according to a family friend. He is doing fairly well, the friend said. “He is able to talk and is breathing on his own. Having some pain and swollen. He does have a couple of third degree burns on his back.”

Reagan Hardaway of Shongaloo, son-in-law of former Webster Parish Sheriff’s chief deputy Bobby Igo and wife Annette, is in extremely critical condition.

“He is not good,” Igo said around 7 p.m. Monday. “He is burned over more than 65 percent from head, neck and arms. He is on a vent now. The next 24 hours are critical.”

 By 5 p.m. Tuesday, Igo said Hardaway’s condition was unchanged.

Webster Parish Journal has been unable to confirm Chancey Hawk’s condition, although Monday, the Minden man was critical.

Minden Medical Center is stepping up to the plate Thursday by hosting a blood drive for the three men.

“Our hearts are deeply saddened for the victims and families affected by the explosion in Cotton Valley this week,” MMC’s Facebook post read. “This tragedy has affected members of our MMC family.”

Beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, May 12, a blood drive will be held in front of Minden Medical Center. All donations can be directed to any of the three victims.

Please help by donating to the three men. Visit https://donor.lifeshare.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/235751 to schedule a time.

According to Webster Parish Sheriff Jason Parker, the explosion and fire happened around 11:30 a.m. Monday. It occurred at an Aeropres location off Old Highway 7.

Jonathan Odom, Public Information Officer for Troop G, said the location is a propane truck-loading facility.

“One of the trucks caught fire,” Odom said. “Propane is very volatile, and these incidents are becoming too common.”

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