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Police identify victim of deadly crash on Mississippi River Bridge

4 years 7 months 2 weeks ago Saturday, January 31 2015 Jan 31, 2015 January 31, 2015 10:12 AM January 31, 2015 in News
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press
By: Caroline McDougall

BATON ROUGE - Police say a man from Crowley died due to a wreck involving a motorcycle and two trucks on I-10 Mississippi River Bridge Saturday afternoon. The cleanup efforts of the accident left drivers sitting on a closed road for hours.

Baton Rouge police say 47-year-old Roger Bently died after he lost control of his motorcycle after just crossing into Baton Rouge on the bridge heading eastbound.

Investigators say Bentley lost control of his motorcycle and hit the rear of an 18-wheeler. Police say the victim was then thrown off and struck by the trailer of another 18-wheeler transporting vehicles.

The wreck at the Nicholson/Highland Road exit closed all lanes of travel, forcing traffic of the interstate at LA 415 near Lobdell. The road opened around 7:30 p.m., six hours after the crash.

Authorities suspect Bentley may have been under the influence of alcohol. The truck drivers currently do not face any charges.


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