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I-220 in northern Louisiana temporarily closed after car accident

Emergency responders were recently called to a portion of Interstate 220 in northern Louisiana where a crash involving three vehicles occurred at approximately 7:45 a.m. during the morning commute. That section of the roadway was closed while police investigated the car accident. Numerous motorists were delayed during the closure.

Even though the investigation is not yet complete, some details have been released. A vehicle heading east on the interstate veered into the oncoming lanes of travel. A second vehicle was unable to avoid colliding with the wrong-way car. After the initial impact, a third vehicle struck the wreckage of the eastbound car.

The driver of the wrong-way vehicle was ejected at some point during the accident. Emergency responders transported her to an area hospital with injuries described as life threatening. The two occupants of the second vehicle and the driver of the third vehicle all suffered injuries authorities say were moderate and not life threatening. Their current conditions are not known, and authorities are still attempting to ascertain why the woman crossed into the westbound lanes.

As investigators work to answer this question, the injured victims may file personal injury claims seeking restitution for the expenses and other damages they have incurred -- and will incur -- as a result of the injuries suffered in this car accident. In order to prevail in their claims, it will be necessary to prove to a Louisiana court that the party deemed responsible for the crash was negligent. If successful, the court may consider an award of damages such as medical expenses and lost wages, along with other damages allowable under state laws.

Source:, "Names released in I-220 3-vehicle wreck", May 5, 2015


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