Troy Broussard of the popular TV realty show 'Swamp People' stands with a Shreveport police officer after being involved in an accident Monday morning that sent one person to an area hospital with injuries that were not life threatening. / Douglas Collier/The Times
Reality TV star Troy Broussard of "Swamp People" was involved in a major crash in downtown Shreveport Monday that sent one person to the hospital and left several area businesses in the dark.
The accident happened about 9 a.m. when the airboat he was pulling was struck by a Ford Expedition at the corner of Lake and Market streets. Police say Broussard was southbound on Market when he ran a red light and collided with the SUV that was headed east on Lake.
The Expedition struck the trailer, sending the boat airborne. Broussard said he was distracted by low-hanging electrical line attached to the signal light.
The unidentified driver of the SUV was taken to an area hospital with injuries police said were not life threatening.
The impact snapped a utility pole. Power was fully restored to the area by 3 p.m.
Broussard and his crew were headed back to south Louisiana after spending the weekend in town for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup that concluded Sunday.
"I'd just picked my boat up from the Convention Center and was headed home," he said. "We had a good time here, I just hate it had to end like this. But things like this happen.
"I'm just glad it wasn't any worse."
"Swamp People" is the popular History Channel TV series that chronicles the lives of alligator hunters. Just wrapping up season four in July, the show follows the day-to-day activities of several Cajuns living in the swamps of the Atchafalaya River Basin who hunt American alligators for a living.
The History Channel notes the 30-day hunting season is "crucial to their survival."
Thanx Douglas ... NEE