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Car crashes into The Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport ... again

On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, a car crashed into the Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport.
On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, a car crashed into the Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport.(KSLA)
Published: Dec. 20, 2021 at 1:37 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 20, 2021 at 3:26 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — The weekend before Christmas, a car crashed into The Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport ... and this isn’t the first time it’s happened.

The crash happened around 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 19, police say. The wreck involved two red vehicles, a Dodge pickup and a Honda sedan. Somehow, the sedan wound up hitting the building.

Police say three people were taken to a local hospital for treatment of injuries that are not life-threatening.

On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, a car crashed into the Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport.
On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, a car crashed into the Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport.(Downtown Development Authority)

On Monday, Dec. 20, KSLA’s Tayler Davis spoke with Liz Swaine, executive director of the Downtown Development Authority, about the crash.

Davis also spoke with city officials, who say they’re working with the owner of the business to help them get a permit to install bollards in front of the restaurant.

A bollard is a short post, usually made of concrete, designed to work as a protective barrier.

On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, a car crashed into the Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport.
On Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021, a car crashed into the Blind Tiger in downtown Shreveport.(Downtown Development Authority)

The installation of the bollards can only happen with the state’s approval.

Back in 2017, there was a similar crash at the Blind Tiger.

Sunday’s crash is at least the third in 4.5 years.

“We have been advocating for bollards on this corner and are still awaiting city/state approval/agreement. Hopefully, we will see that agreement soon,” says a Facebook post the DDA made after the latest crash involving the restaurant in the 100 block of Texas Street.

In July 2017, a vehicle ran a red light and hit another vehicle, knocking the latter into the building and forcing the popular eatery to temporarily close. No one in the restaurant or vehicles was hurt.

That was the third time a vehicle had plowed into the restaurant, a spokesman said at that time. So that makes this time at least the fifth.

At the time of the July 2017 wreck, officials also were talking about the possibility of installing some bollards to prevent it from happening again.

Then less than six months later, the owners of the restaurant at Texas at Spring streets found themselves again calling for safety improvements after a car nearly careened into their front door.

They asked for left turn signals, speed monitors and red light cameras.

A study conducted in 2014 showed that keeping the intersection as it is without left turn arrows was the best option, LaDOTD said at the time.

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