Louisiana is one of the swampiest areas in the United States because it has the mouth of the Mississippi River. I-10 has a lot of bridges that go over these swamps and spillways. When drivers and riders have accidents on these bridges, the fall is long and death is common.
WWLTV reported on an accident where a motorcycle rider fell into the Bonnet Carré Spillway just before Christmas. According to the police, the rider was traveling along I-10 West. From what they can tell, the rider fell off the highway and into the spillway near where I-310 meets I-10. No other vehicles seem to have been involved in the accident.
Officials are trying to recover the body from the water. During the recovery operations, traffic was backed up all the way to Williams Boulevard as police worked to divert traffic to I-310.
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The rider of the motorcycle has not been identified, nor has there been an update on if the body was recovered from the spillway. The bridge that crosses the spillway is one of the longest bridges in the world. Like the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge, the narrowness and length of the bridge cause many accidents, but without the bridge navigating the area would take much longer.