A kitten that apparently was deposited onto the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Friday (June 27) afternoon is recovering from her injuries and will be put up for adoption. Meanwhile, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said police have no leads in identifying who may have thrown the feline onto the bridge.
A kitten was thrown from a moving vehicle onto the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Friday morning, but survived the ordeal when a police officer and a bridge employee rescued it. The small, white kitten suffered bruises, but is expected to fully recover, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said.
When Andy Pate’s GMC Sierra pickup hit the southbound Causeway’s right-side guard rail May 31, it sailed into the air as if the railing was a “ ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ ramp,” he said, plunging the 26-year-old into the waters of Lake Pontchartrain some 25 feet below.
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With warmer weather and more travelers on the road, the Causeway Police Department spent the morning tackling water rescues. It’s a call no one wants to get, but when it happens – officers have to be ready.
In an instant, one man’s recent afternoon trip across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway was transformed from monotonous drive to terrifying ordeal. The motorist lost control, and his pickup truck hit the left wall of the southbound span, careened across the lanes and struck the right wall before plummeting into the lake.
Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Commission Chairman Michael Lorino Jr. said Wednesday (June 18) he would support a toll increase if necessary to raise the money to make expensive safety improvements on the bridge. Lorino raised the possibility of a toll hike at the commission’s monthly meeting after hearing an update on the ongoing study on raising the bridge retaining walls to prevent vehicles from plunging into the lake.
The driver of a truck that flew over the railing of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway on May 31 told a television reporter that thoughts of his young daughter gave him the strength to survive until a good Samaritan who jumped into the water arrived to help keep him afloat. Cristian Pate told Fox 8 WVUE that the crash on the rain-slick bridge unfolded like a bad dream.
A good Samaritan jumped into Lake Pontchartrain and saved a man whose truck had plunged into the water after tumbling over the side of the Causeway bridge Saturday afternoon.
The accident happened a little after 3 p.m. on the southbound span, said Carlton Dufrechou, the Causeway’s general manager.