Drivers: 'Mass confusion' due to LSU mandatory evacuation

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 4:35pm

On and around the LSU campus, traffic was a nightmare and those who got stuck in the gridlock said the lack of instructions on how to get off campus could have caused big problems.

Drivers said they spent between thirty minutes to over an hour sitting in the stalled traffic.

LSU Police did show up to start directing drivers, but it did little to help. Students said they considered just heading back to on-campus housing just to avoid the long lines. They went on to say that the traffic put drivers in a risky situation, because while they were stuck in their cars, the drivers were like sitting ducks.

“If there is a bomb, we are just sitting in a car," stated LSU junior Kera Aparicio.

LSU senior Parish Tillman agreed, "We are kind of in trouble stuck in traffic here. We may as well be staying in our house."

"’To evacuate campus calmly’ - but they didn't say how to evacuate,” said freshman Willde Spin. “They really didn't give instructions on that. There is a lot of mass confusion."

The traffic did begin to settle by about 1:30 p.m.

At one point, the traffic got so bad that some LSU students turned to social media to tell their friends about the traffic troubles, advising them to walk to their off-campus apartments instead of driving.


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