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State plans to study mall exit ramp after deadly crash

2 years ago December 11, 2012 Dec 11, 2012 Tuesday, December 11 2012 Tuesday, December 11, 2012 4:16:20 PM CST in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Michael Shingleton

BATON ROUGE - State transportation leaders plan to evaluate the Mall of Louisiana exit ramp off of Interstate 10 to see if guard rails and more warning signs are needed to prevent crashes in the future.

89-year-old Vivian Augustin died yesterday when she ran off the road and landed in Wards Creek. Investigators said witness statements revealed Augustin's SUV sped up through the S-curve before darting under the bridge and into the water.

The Department of Transportation and Development plans to further investigate the interchange to see if guard rails are needed to prevent cars from driving into the creek.

"We'll definitely evaluate if guard rails will help the situation. Usually guard rails are there to prevent running into an obstruction of some sort which is not the situation here, but we'll definitely look at that to see if there's anything that can be done," DOTD Communications Director Jodi Conachen said.

DOTD is waiting on the final report from the Sheriff's Office before making any major changes.

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