After a suspected drunk driver caused a fatal accident Thursday, residents are saying now more than ever they’re worried about their safety on the Causeway Bridge.
Causeway Bridge officials identified a driver killed in a crash Thursday morning as James Blackmond, 37, from Mississippi. His passenger, Kelly Johnson, was taken to East Jefferson Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
During Mardi Gras season, Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police usually see a spike in drunken driving arrests on the bridge. But February 2017 set an all-time high with 42 such arrests, authorities said Thursday (March 16).
The pickup truck that rammed the back of a disabled 18-wheeler dump truck on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway Wednesday (March 8) was traveling at about 65 mph and did not appear to brake before impact, bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said. The driver of the Chevrolet Silverado was extricated from his smashed pickup and hospitalized with multiple broken bones.
A gravel truck broke down in the northbound lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway on Wednesday afternoon and was rear-ended by a pickup, strewing debris on the roadway, sending both drivers to the hospital and closing the span for more than an hour.
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