Traffic cones that fell off a truck led to the Wednesday afternoon (March 7) multi-vehicle crash on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway that left two vehicles overturned and two people injured, authorities said Thursday.
Bryson Knight, a senior at Pine High School, has already overcome so much in his short life.
Regarding the recent letter, “Guardrails raise questions,” the new rails proposed for the Causeway were specifically designed to keep vehicles on the bridge and to also keep them in the same lane — prevent redirection into adjacent travel lane. The rails were developed by some of best traffic engineers in America, passed multiple crash tests, and actually exceed national criteria. The new rails and safety bay emergency stopping areas will be the most significant safety improvements for the Causeway since the second bridge was built in 1969. In short, they will save lives.
OK, let me understand the plan to prevent vehicles, mainly trucks, from going overboard on the Causeway Bridge. We are going to add new guardrails that will redirect these out of control vehicles into the travel lanes — possibly resulting in multi-car collisions resulting, possibly, in multiple injuries and deaths. Oh yes, we did possibly save one life from going overboard. Good plan.
Tommy talks to Carlton Dufrechou, the General Manager of the Causeway, about yesterday’s fatal accident and effort to improve the safety of the Causeway.
The extensive damage on an erector company work truck out of Mississippi along with the quarter-mile of missing railing on the southbound span of the Causeway bridge are pieces of a sad puzzle still being put together to determine how a lone driver ended up in Lake Pontchartrain Wednesday morning.
The wreck on the southbound Causeway this morning is another stark reminder as to why there’s a major construction project coming that bridge officials say will improve safety for drivers.
The driver who was killed when his pickup plunged over the side of the southbound Lake Pontchartrain Causeway early Wednesday has been identified as a 41-year-old Franklinton man, Christopher Knight.