Icy Road Conditions Cause Several Accidents and Road Closures in Baton Rouge
Posted On behalf of Simien & Simien on Mar 04, 2014 in Automotive
On Tuesday morning, winter weather stirred through south Louisiana producing several problems for drivers throughout the area. Around 2 p.m. the bridge between New Roads and St. Francisville was closed in the Baton Rouge area due to freezing temperatures.
While many people in Baton Rouge had arranged to spend Mardi Gras in Lafayette, they had to find substitute ways to spend their day, as two main routes between the cities were closed.
Louisiana State Police indicated that I-10 was re-opened between Baton Rouge and Lafayette before 2 p.m. after the road was closed down for several hours following a plethora of accidents.
According to the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, an 18-wheeler jack-knifed on I-10 East at Whiskey Bay around 4 a.m., while several other accidents on I-10 East occurred on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge before it was shut down due to bad weather.
Both directions of US 190 were closed for several hours as multiple accidents occurred due to icy bridge conditions. Around 12:30 p.m. the westbound lanes would re-open, while the eastbound lanes remained closed until 1:30 p.m., as a result of an accident on the Four Mile Bridge.
Baton Rouge EMS reported four accidents on the interstates, with the first accident occurring on I-12 at Sherwood Forest Boulevard at 5:25 a.m., when one person was rushed to the hospital with moderate injuries.
Further EMS reports indicate that there were three rollover accidents on I-10. One was located at Washington Avenue, another at Dalrymple Drive, and a third at College Drive. Five additional accidents were reported between I-10 and the Laurel area, all resulting in minor injuries.
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