LSP searching for missing driver suspected of falling off Twin Span into Lake Pontchartrain


SLIDELL, La. (WDSU) — The Louisiana State Police are searching for a man who fell off the Twin Span Thursday night into Lake Pontchartrain.

Shortly after 10:30 p.m., troopers say they responded to an injury crash on Interstate 10 eastbound on the Twin Span bridge near mile marker 259 in St Tammany Parish.

A driver that had exited their vehicle from a prior crash fell over the side rail of I-10 into Lake Pontchartrain as a result of the impact, according to State Police.

According to LSP, 47-year-old Louis Picolo was eastbound on I-10 in a Chevrolet Cruz when he rear-end impacted a Dodge Pickup that was stopped due to a prior crash with a Mercedes Sedan.

All of the occupants of the Dodge and Mercedes were standing on the shoulder of the I-10 bridge at the time of the impact.

The impact caused the driver of dodge, that was standing on the shoulder, to go over the bridge rail into the lake, according to State Police.

The identity of the missing driver is unconfirmed at this time.

The St. Tammany Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and the Coast Guard are conducting a search of the area for the driver.

Impairment is unknown and Picolo was not wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to the state police report.

As part of the ongoing investigation, a blood sample was taken from Picolo that will be submitted to the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab for scientific analysis.

The crash is still under investigation and any charges will be forwarded to the St Tammany District Attorney’s Office.

By: WDSU Digital Team

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