Wrecks and ice show cause Friday gridlock
BATON ROUGE - The interstates and downtown streets in Baton Rouge gridlocked Friday due to multiple wrecks and a popular ice show at the River Center.
At noon traffic was backed up on I-110 South, I-12 West and I-10 West due to wrecks earlier Friday morning.
Police said at 6:45 a.m. a four-vehicle pileup caused them to shut down I-110 South near Capitol Access. BRPD said an 18-wheeler hit one vehicle from behind and pushed it into two others, injuring one vehicle driver and a child.
The wreck backed up traffic for nearly four hours as workers removed debris. A secondary wreck shortly after the interstate reopened caused more delays just before noon.
A second wreck on I-10 West near College Drive blocked two lanes of traffic there just after 11 a.m. The wreck caused traffic to stack up past the I-10 / I-12 split back to Essen on both interstates. Just before noon the Department of Transportation and Development also said a disabled 18-wheeler blocked a lane westbound over the Mississippi River Bridge.
The interstates saw more action, or lack thereof, as the afternoon wore on. As of 2:30 p.m., I-10 East was backed up for about three miles from Perkins Road to the Lobdell LA-415 exit after a stalled vehicle blocked the center lane of traffic.
On the surface streets, downtown Baton Rouge was at a standstill Friday morning for "Frozen On Ice" at the River Center. Authorities directed traffic to clear things up for the 10:30 a.m. show, but drivers houls expect delays again Friday evening before the second show begins at 7 p.m.
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