Trooper who saved women from fiery Causeway crash wins valor medal

A state trooper who pulled two women from a stalled vehicle as it burst into flames after an accident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway received the Medal of Valor Award at the Louisiana State Police’s annual awards ceremony in Baton Rouge Tuesday (May 10). Steven Paulus, a senior technician in Troop L’s emergency services unit, happened by the Causeway accident on Feb. 19 and is credited with saving the women’s lives.

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Here’s how that 5-vehicle Causeway wreck happened

The operator of an 18-wheeler in the five-vehicle wreck that closed the southbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway during rush hour last week has been cited for careless driving, according to a newly released police report on the pileup. The wreck occurred Thursday (May 5) at about 7 a.m. at the Causeway’s draw bridge as traffic came to a stop behind a car that was slowly trying, with a flat tire, to make its way to a crossover.

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Driver cited in Causeway fiery crash that injured 2, closed bridge

The driver of a pickup truck that rammed a disabled vehicle on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway and caused the southbound bridge  to close for almost 90 minutes has been cited with careless driving, according to a police report released Monday (Feb. 22). Alvin Kimbrel of Belle Chasse failed to recognize that the vehicle was stalled in the right lane of the bridge, the report says, and his Ford F250 slammed into it at 65 mph.

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