Crash on Lake Pontchartrain Bridge HospitalizesTwo, Forces 90-Minute Closure
A collision on the Lake Pontchartrain Bridge caused a 90-minute closure and left two women with moderate injuries last Friday.
Alvin Kimbrel of Belle Chasse was cited for careless driving after failing to recognize a vehicle as stalled in the right lane of the southbound side of the highway. Kimbrel’s Ford F250 hit the other vehicle, a Dodge Ram containing driver, Alicia Lee, and passenger, Kala Perkins, at 65 miles per hour. The force of impact pushed the Ram approximately 434 feet and caused it to catch fire, according to authorities. The two women were aided in escaping the burning vehicle by a state trooper who was near the scene at the time.
According to reports, the Dodge Ram had experienced engine failure while on the Bridge and had coasted to a stop. Despite having its emergency flashers activated, Kimbrel failed to recognize that the vehicle was stopped and thus did not take evasive action. Kimbrel’s Ford flipped and landed on its wheels, blocking the remainder of the highway.
Lee and Perkins’s injuries were moderate and both were listed in stable condition after being hospitalized for treatment. Kimbrel received minor cuts but refused medical aid.
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