Drivers speak out about crash on Basin Bridge: LSP says safety is number one

Drivers speak out about crash on Basin Bridge: LSP says safety is number one
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POSTED: Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Monday, May 5, 2014 - 9:21am

Six miles of traffic back-up and a huge fire yesterday on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge claimed the lives of two people,  Ricky Chester and his passenger, wife Karen Chester of Ohio.

That wreck also left people stranded for almost seven hours and the bridges eatbound lanes are still closed!

"We were not really prepared for it but we have a full tank of gas luckily," said Jeremy Trotti, who was stuck on the bridge for almost six hours.

Jeremy Trotti and Bryce McCool work in Lafayette and live in Baton Rouge. They were just two of hundreds stuck.

"We stopped at 4:30 and didn't get home until 12:30 almost 1 am," noted Trotti.

"I have always heard if you get stuck on the bridge you’re going to be there awhile," said McCool.

They were stuck behind a blazing wreck that claimed the lives of one couple.

"The firefighters were pretty quick about it. They got there didn't play around. They put out the fire pretty quick."

Two big rigs collided around the Whisky Bay exit on I-10 around 5:00 Friday and shortly after they quickly caught on fire.

I-10 is a major corridor through Louisiana and it was closed for hours and all through the night.

"It's not always convienient but what I want the public to understand is that safety is our number one goal and we want to do everything. We have to keep everyone safe," said Louisiana State Police Public Information Officer, M/T Greg Marchand.

State police want to ensure our residents that yes, although the back up may have been frustrating, it was all in the best interests of your safety.

“I mean we can prepare like we have done. We've had things like this in the past but its one of these things when this happens and you have traffic on the roadway the best thing you can do is get them of without any more injuries or anymore crashes."

And the drivers, angry or not, seem to understand, especially when someone’s life is on the line.

The wreck is still under investigation and Louisiana State Police want to remind you again to drive at a safe speed when on a highway or bridge.

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