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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Adding this new feature would significantly improve Causeway bridge’s safety, consultant says

The southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway — the first of the two spans built — was an engineering marvel when it opened in the late 1950s. Nearly 60 years later, though, one aspect of the bridge is proving inadequate for the modern age: the concrete railings, which are bordered by a 10-inch curb and rise only 25 inches above the bridge deck.

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Lacombe man lucky to survive accident on Causeway, official says

A Lacombe man is lucky to be alive after losing control of his motorcycle Thursday (May 7) and being badly injured on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, a bridge official said. Caleb G. Batiste, 19, who underwent surgery Thursday night, suffered broken legs, a severely damaged arm and other injuries in the 6:15 p.m. crash on the southbound span, bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou said.

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Crash test video — Pickup puts Causeway rail design to the test

A full-size pickup was rammed into a guardrail in Texas on Tuesday (May 5) as testing of enhanced guardrail designs for the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway continued at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. A video shows the red truck’s right front slamming into a double steel railing, sending vehicle parts and bits of concrete flying in a cloud of dust before the pickup bounces back onto the simulated roadway.

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Ladies and Gentlemen:

On Tuesday night, April 21, 2015, at approximately 11:00 PM, the north bound Causeway Bridge will be closed for approximately two hours for Causeway police to conclude their investigation of an accident scene that occurred at the 9.5 mile marker Sunday night. South bound traffic will not be impacted.

Our mission is to make all your trips across the Causeway safe and timely. Please help us by always driving cautiously.

Carlton Dufrechou