Posted: Feb 19, 2014 10:10 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Feb 19, 2014 10:10 PM
HOLDEN- An accident early Wednesday involving three 18-wheelers shut down portions of I-12 throughout the day, but a new program got the road cleared quicker than usual, giving drivers at least one rush hour that was better than the last.
The Traffic Incident Management System, a program recently started in cooperation with first responders and State Police, aimed to clear the road before removing the wrecked rigs.
"In the past, we would've focused more on getting crash scenes cleared as quickly as we can, even if it meant keeping the road closed, but now with that new incident management system, we're gonna prioritize keeping those roadways open," said Trooper Jared Sandifer with Louisiana State Police.
Some drivers could see a difference, but thought the wreckage still presented a problem.
"I think it's a good idea, even though it probably backed traffic up further than, if you would've cleared it out of the way, you wouldn't have so many people just watching," said Mike Stewart, who was stuck in traffic.
Though some drivers are pleased they were able to get home faster, than if the crews cleared the wreckage immediately.
"It was a little bit better, because I have been stuck in accidents and it has taken a whole lot longer and it was better today," said Sherry Newsome, who was driving home.
After clearing lanes for Wednesday's evening rush, crews shutdown the interstate just before 8 p.m. again to clear the rest of the wreck. The closure did not last much longer than an hour.