News Causeway officials to test new safety barriers on bridge

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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Causeway Police practice water rescue training

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) –
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.

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Lake Pontchartrain Causeway retaining wall designs to be put to the test

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.

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Toll increase possible to fund safety improvements on Lake Pontchartrain Causeway

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.

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‘Angels guarding me that day,’ Causeway bridge crash survivor tells Fox 8

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.

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News Good Samaritan rescues man whose truck fell into lake from Causeway

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.

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