Injured men continue to improve

By Bonnie Culverhouse

At least one of the three men injured in a propane explosion is improving at Ocshner LSU Health Center.

Cynthia Payne said Thursday, doctors are pleased with her son, Daniel’s condition.

“It is going to be a long road, but he is blessed,” she said.

Bobby Igo Jr. said his daughter’s husband, Reagan Hardaway, remains about the same.

“He is still critical,” Igo said. “Kidneys are still function well and his lungs are OK, but he’s still on a ventilator.”

The explosion took place Monday morning at an Aeropres site just south of Cotton Valley.

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.”

Minden Medical Center, along with Lifeshare Blood Center, conducted a blood drive for the men Thursday.

According to Mandi Hart with MMC, 126 people showed up to give blood.

“We had 105 units of blood donated,” Hart said.

The Webster Parish Journal has been unable to get a progress report on the third man, Chancey Hawk. If anyone has any information, please email