The West Feliciana Parish sheriff and one of his deputies both received concussions and other injuries Friday night during Hurricane Delta when falling trees posed an acute risk for residents and first responders alike.
Sgt. Bryan Herrin was returning from a call that night when a tree fell across the road in front of his vehicle. He swerved to miss that tree, but in doing so struck another, sheriff's office spokesperson Erin Foster said in a news release Monday.
The news release shed new light on an incident the office first reported Saturday evening.
Herrin was able to radio for help. EMS workers arrived on the scene and then spent the next two hours driving Herrin to the hospital — a trip that would usually take six minutes, Foster said. More fallen trees and high wind speeds slowed them down.
Herrin was treated for a concussion and cracked nose in addition to lacerations on his head and tongue.
The city-parish's pickup of debris caused by Hurricane Delta will begin on Oct. 19, Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome said Sunday evening.
Sheriff Brian Spillman was the last to leave the scene of the crash. He was walking back to his vehicle when another tree fell, striking him on the head, Foster said. He was apparently knocked unconscious for a moment, then regained consciousness and called for assistance.
Spillman was also hospitalized and treated for a concussion and severe cuts to the top of his head.
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Both officers stayed overnight at the hospital but were released over the weekend.
"Even during severe weather, first responders are called on to protect and serve their communities," Foster said in the release. "We welcome your thoughts and prayers for quick and full recoveries."