Inattentive drivers on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway are the prime reason for wrecks along the heavily-traveled span, its general manager said Tuesday. Fourteen vehicles have gone over the side and into the lake in the past 20 years, Carlton Dufrechou, the bridge’s top executive, told the New Orleans Regional Planning.
Causeway police are cracking down on speeders, careless drivers and other traffic offenders on the 24-mile bridge in the wake of two recent fatal accidents in which vehicles went off the bridge and into Lake Pontchartrain. “Enforcement has really been ratcheted up,” bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said Wednesday (Dec. 3).
The driver of a garbage truck was booked with negligent homicide and other charges Thursday (Nov. 13) in connection with last week’s fatal accident on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, authorities said. Darrell Benjamin, the operator of the BFI truck, also was booked with negligent injuring and reckless driving in the Nov. 3 accident that killed a construction worker on the bridge, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said.
Construction work on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway should resume next week after it was halted following a wreck Monday that killed construction worker Edward Burton of New Orleans.
Isn’t it far past time for the Causeway Commission to lower the speed limit for trucks traveling on the bridge? There is no way these large trucks can stop nearly as fast as cars in an emergency situation.
NEW ORLEANS —A person’s body was recovered Monday night after an afternoon crash shut down the south lanes of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. The incident happened just before 3:30 p.m. Monday 4 miles south of Mandeville near mile marker 20. Causeway authorities said two vehicles were involved in the crash. A vehicle went into the water, officials said. Two people fell into the water. One person was rescued.
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Causeway officials said the 18-wheeler crash Thursday was another serious example of why the bridge needs updating. The truck dangled dangerously off the side of the bridge after, Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said, the driver lost control.