UPDATE:

The Baton Rouge Police Department has released the name of the DOTD contractor who was killed this morning.

48- year old Andres Torres of Land O’ Lakes, FL was struck by a sign after it was hit by Ronald Brown of Sunset. Torres succumbed to his injuriues at the hospital.

ORIGINAL:

Traffic was backed up on the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge this morning and the DOTD has provided the reason why the slow down occurred.

A DOTD contractor was hit and killed on the bridge after a a piece of equipment crashed into the individual. 

DOTD Secretary Shawn Wilson released this statement regarding the work zone fatality:

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. 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. 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. Our partners at Louisiana State Police are currently investigating the incident.

Sincerely,

Shawn D. Wilson, Ph.D.
Secretary, LA DOTD

DOTD has offered up a few tips on how to stay safe on the road: 

  • Don’t drive distracted
  • Don’t drive impaired
  • Follow directions from the signs
  • Buckle up

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