UPDATE: DOTD worker killed on Basin Bridge identified

Louisiana

UPDATE: The DOTD worked killed early Wednesday morning on Interstate 10 westbound near the Whiskey Bay exit in Iberville Parish has been idetntified as 48-year-old Andres Torres of Land O’ Lakes, FL.

An initial investigation by State Police has revealed that a crash occurred shortly before 5:00 am as Torres was attaching an arrow board traffic control sign to the rear of a company pickup truck in the westbound lanes of I-10.

The left lane had been closed overnight for construction, and crews were in the process of opening the lane, police said. 

At the same time, 32-year-old Ronald Brown of Sunset was traveling westbound on I-10 and for reasons still under investigation, his vehicle struck the rear of the arrow board sign and Torres.

Torres sustained serious injuries and was transported to Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge for treatment, where he later died. 

Brown was properly restrained and sustained only minor injuries.

Impairment is not suspected by Brown,but a toxicology sample was obtained from him and submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for analysis.

This crash remains under investigation and charges are pending, police say. 

GROSSE TETE, La. (KLFY)- A state worker was killed Wednesday morning on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge 

“This morning an employee for a DOTD contractor was killed when a vehicle in a work zone allegedly collided with equipment that ultimately made impact with the worker,” Shawn Wilson, secretary of Department of Transportation and Development said in a statement.  

According to State Police, the crash occurred near mile marker 134 east of Whiskey Bay.

“I would like to express the sympathies from the entire department to the family of the victim, his coworkers, and the company for which he worked,” Wilson said.

“This is a somber reminder that safety on the roadway is of the utmost importance and that drivers must be extra diligent when in or approaching work zones.” 

This particular work zone is on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge where contract workers are conducting joint repairs during non-peak driving hours, Wilson said.

This is a developing story. State Police is expected to release additional information.

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