Dump Truck Crash Causes Sign on I-10 West in New Orleans to Block, Scolding Traffic Friday Afternoon | Crime / Police
A dump truck slammed into a large exit sign on Interstate 10 in New Orleans, leaving metal scaffolding draped over the westbound lanes and scolding two-way traffic for hours on Friday afternoon.
New Orleans Police have not released any information on injuries related to the crashes, which occurred around 3:15 p.m. near the City Park Avenue and Metairie Road exits.
The dump truck was heading east on I-10 when the driver lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a support pole in the middle of an overhead I-10 West sign marking the West End Boulevard exits and Florida, according to New Orleans Police.
The sign, which spans all three lanes of I-10 West as well as the exit ramp, fell to the ground, blocking the roadway.
Two of the three lanes reopened just before 4:30 p.m., the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development said. But the traffic jams spread on the Crescent City Connection, all the way to the Terry Parkway exit of the West Bank Expressway.
Scene with collapsed sign that ruined the freeway in both directions from the West End exit pic.twitter.com/DFlNfJLxdc
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Meanwhile, the dump truck crash on I-10 East closed the far left lane, causing congestion that spread to Transcontinental Boulevard in Metairie, authorities said.
A number of secondary accidents have been reported due to heavy traffic in both directions, although the exact number is not immediately available.