According to the Picayune Times, 57 year-old Edward Burton was killed after his vehicle was pushed over the bridge and plunged into the water below where he drowned.
Burton was part of a construction crew working on the bridge and was driving a vehicle that provides a buffer between traffic and roadway workers.
Bridge General Manager Carlton Dufrechou told the Picayune Times that the accident occurred about 3:30 p.m. Monday when a dump truck driver rear-ended Burton’s attenuator vehicle. That initial impact sent Burton’s truck over the side of the bridge and into the water below.
A police officer and another roadway worker dove into the water to try and save Burton, but were not successful. They were later rescued from the water.
After striking Burton’s truck, the dump truck struck a Causeway patrol car and the two vehicles were engulfed in flames. The Causeway officer and the dump truck driver both managed to escape injury.
Police have not said why dump truck driver rear-ended Burton’s vehicle, but Bayou Buzz reported that police have charged the dump truck driver, who they have not identified, with reckless driving. Police added that driver could face additional charges depending on the results of their investigation.
The southbound lanes of the causeway were closed for 9 hours after the accident, according to the Picayune Times.
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