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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The closure of the Causeway’s southbound span Thursday morning (Feb. 23) came after a short but wild stretch in which there was a breakdown followed by three separate crashes involving a total of 10 vehicles, authorities said. One of the crashes was a hit-and-run, and the driver is being sought.
A Covington-area man led Causeway Police on a brief chase Wednesday, hitting the bridge rail and ramming a police cruiser before finally coming to a stop, officials said.
A suspected drunken driver who led Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police on a North Shore car chase was identified by authorities Thursday (Feb. 9) as Kendrick Harrison, 40, of Covington. Harrison was booked with DWI, aggravated flight from a police officer, aggravated obstruction of a roadway, driving on a suspended license, making an improper turn at an intersection, reckless driving, resisting a police officer and speeding, a Causeway official said.