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BRPD: alcohol may have been factor in I-12 wreck

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Posted: Sep 23, 2010 11:25 AM by Russell Jones
Updated: Sep 23, 2010 11:26 AM
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Speed and alcohol could be factors in a wreck on I-12 East that tied up Baton Rouge traffic for around four hours Wednesday, according to police.

Cpl. L’Jean McKneely with Baton Rouge Police said 48-year-old Allan Lindie of North Carolina was in serious condition at a local hospital, and that he caused yesterday’s wreck.

McKneely said Lindie was passing an 18-wheeler around 2 p.m. when his car hit another vehicle driven by a Baton Rouge woman. The two cars hit the center retaining wall and went back across the eastbound lanes; Lindie’s car was hit by an 18-wheeler, while the other vehicle made it safely onto the shoulder.

Lindie was critically injured in the wreck, while the other two drivers had minor injuries. The eastbound lanes were completely blocked and slowly reopened over three-and-a-half hours while police investigated the wreck and towed away the vehicles involved.

McKneely said detectives had reason to believe alcohol was involved in the accident, but didn’t have details as to why. He said Lindie would likely be cited for traffic violations, but any further charges would have to wait until after he left the hospital.

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