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  • Another crash at dangerous Bluff Road curve

    July 30, 2014 10:30 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE - Just more than a month since a driver lost control of her SUV and barreled off Bluff Road in Ascension Parish, killing two children , another driver ended up wrecking in the same area Wednesday evening. The driver of the a pickup veered off Bluff Road and... more »
  • Driver arrested in hit-and-run where child was hurt

    July 28, 2014 9:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 20-year-old woman faces charges after a hit-and-run crash where a child was seriously hurt Monday. Police said Maigan Scott hit a six-year-old girl on a bicycle on Washington Avenue between Plank and North 26th Street. According to police, after Scott hit the child, she left the... more »
  • One killed in sailboat accident on Lake Pontchartrain

    July 25, 2014 9:28 PM

    MADISONVILLE - One person died in a sailboat accident at the mouth of the Tchefuncte River in Lake Pontchartrain Friday evening. A second person was thrown from boat and was rescued, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office said. WWL TV reported the boat flipped over. Deputies said they... more »
  • EXCLUSIVE: West Baton Rouge family shares images of near-death camping trip

    July 24, 2014 11:02 PM

    PORT ALLEN- A man who survived a near-death camping trip shared pictures of the aftermath with WBRZ News 2. Krik Sanchez, 47, and his family were in a large camping group near the Canadian border earlier this week when severe storms moved over their site. The storm created what... more »
  • West BR man, teen survive near-death camping trip

    July 22, 2014 11:05 PM

    ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Minn. - At least two people from West Baton Rouge were injured when a strong storm moved over their campsite near the Canadian border Tuesday morning. Kirk Sanchez, 47, and Hayden Toups, 13, were taken to the hospital when a tree fell on their tent. Sanchez... more »
  • 911 dispatchers overwhelmed by 'butt dials' Play Video

    July 22, 2014 6:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Call centers in Baton Rouge are receiving an overwhelming amount of accidental phone calls and it's affecting their response to real emergencies. East Baton Rouge Parish averages between 30 and 35 "butt dials" an hour, a number they have seen drastically increase over the last few... more »
  • Fire torches Highland restaurant Play Video

    July 18, 2014 10:48 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Firefighters spent Friday night battling a fire at a strip mall. The fire appears to have started near the Arzi's Greek and Lebanese store in the Kenilworth Shopping Center shortly after 10 p.m. Fire investigators said the fire was caused by a fan motor located in... more »
  • Another Friday traffic fiasco on the Basin Bridge

    July 18, 2014 4:25 PM

    GROSSE TETE- Drivers traveling eastbound had to deal with another mess of traffic due to a wreck in Iberville Parish Friday afternoon. Traffic cameras showed traffic was stopped almost across the entire 18-mile long bridge over the Atchafalaya Basin for about an hour. The incident comes a week... more »
  • Construction on schedule for health clinic Play Video

    July 17, 2014 6:15 PM

    IBERVILLE - Construction on Iberville's $20 million emergency department is nearing completion, and hospital representatives say patients should expect to have a local health clinic by Dec. 1. The parish has been without a hospital since 2008 when River West Medical Center was destroyed by Hurricane Gustav. Patients have... more »
  • Woman, daughter killed when car crashes into canal

    July 16, 2014 9:15 PM

    THERIOT- A woman and her child died after driving off a road through the wetlands in Terrebonne Parish. Ashley Worrell, 31, and Delaney Lirette, 3, were killed when Worrell ran off Highway 315, south of Falgout Canal Road around 5 p.m. Wednesday. The truck they were in became submerged.... more »
  • Good Samaritan helps kids escape burning house

    July 15, 2014 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A good Samaritan helped two kids escape a burning home Tuesday afternoon. A 16-year-old and 2-year-old were trapped inside the home as it was burning on Ponderosa Drive. A passerby saw them trying to break out of a front window, stopped and helped them escape, the East... more »
  • Truck hauling glycerin flips on Airline

    July 8, 2014 7:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A wreck involving a truck hauling liquid used in pharmaceutical and skin care products will likely take hours to cleanup. The semi flipped in the ditch on the eastbound lanes of Airline Highway across form Sherwood Commons. The tanker is not leaking, firefighters said. "There is... more »
  • Motorcyclist dies in evening wreck

    July 7, 2014 10:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Police identified a biker who died overnight when his motorcycle hit another vehicle and wrecked in Baton Rouge. A Baton Rouge Police spokesperson said Travis Castle, 34, of Baker died in the wreck on North 17th and Choctaw Drive. Investigators said Castle was heading west... more »
  • Smart911 goes live

    July 3, 2014 11:14 PM

    AMITE- Beginning Monday, when people dial 911 for help in St. Helena or Tangipahoa Parishes, they could be answered by a smarter emergency dispatching system. Tangipahoa 911 Director Dennis Darouse and his team unveiled the system this week, which allows people to provide information about their family and save... more »
  • Sheriff: expect lengthy ordeal around well leak site

    June 20, 2014 7:56 PM

    PLAQUEMINE- The company responsible for a well that is leaking off Highway 75 will evaluate the situation and formulate a plan to deal with the danger, the sheriff said Friday night. Highway 75 has been closed south of the city because of the situation. "[The highway] is shutdown... more »
  • Parts of I-10 Basin Bridge closed until early Saturday Play Video

    June 13, 2014 8:57 PM

    WHISKEY BAY- One person was killed in a crash on the I-10 Basin Bridge after the vehicle they were in flipped on the bridge deck and rolled off the side into the swamp Friday night. There were five children and two adults in the car at the time of... more »
  • Emergency order rescinded for Ascension Parish

    June 6, 2014 1:40 PM

    GONZALES - Parish leaders rescinded a state of emergency Friday that was issued after flooding in Ascension Parish last week. Parish President Tommy Martinez declared the state of emergency on May 30 after several days of heavy rains caused flash flooding in different areas of the parish, including Donaldsonville... more »
  • Ascension flooding blamed for levee breach

    June 3, 2014 11:00 PM

    CHOUPIC- North of Thibodaux, on the route to Vacherie, crews had to plug a leak in a levee, blamed on rising water in parishes closer to Baton Rouge. An emergency declaration was issued even though the leak was quickly repaired. The leak was located on a levee off Highway... more »
  • Mid City fire closes Government Street Thursday night

    May 29, 2014 10:39 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Government Street in Mid City closed overnight Thursday as firefighters battled a fire. Crews were called to a house, fully engulfed in flames, in the 500 block of South 17th. The fire was between Government and Wisteria. Firefighters were able to contain the blaze to the... more »
  • Official: North Dakota tornado injured 9 people

    May 27, 2014 2:11 AM

    WATFORD CITY, N.D. - An emergency management official says a tornado that struck a North Dakota oil worker camp injured nine people, one of them critically. McKenzie County Emergency Management Director Jerry Samuelson says the tornado that struck the camp about 5 miles south of Watford City on Monday destroyed... more »
  • Blaze burns Old South Baton Rouge home

    May 20, 2014 10:28 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Everyone escaped a fire that engulfed a house in Old South Baton Rouge late Tuesday night. Firefighters blocked streets around the intersection of Thomas H Delpit and Terrace while they fought the blaze. The fire started shortly before 10:00 and the WBRZ tower cam recorded the... more »
  • Monday night crash closed I-12

    May 19, 2014 9:24 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Westbound lanes of I-12, east of O'Neal Lane closed for a portion of Monday night as emergency crews worked a crash scene. The wreck involved an 18-wheeler and smaller vehicles. Police had not released the exact details at the time of this post. There were no... more »
  • LSU seeking volunteers for campus emergency drill

    May 19, 2014 2:09 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU, along with a number of local law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel, will be conducting a full-scale emergency exercise on campus Tuesday evening. LSU is looking for volunteers to participate in the exercise. Officials say the focus of the exercise is to engage the university's... more »
  • More vaccines recommended for polio virus Play Video

    May 6, 2014 5:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The polio virus is declared an international concern but doctors say vaccination is the answer. The World Health Organization declared the polio virus a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. They're asking travelers to beware, and get booster shots, if traveling to countries where the disease is... more »
  • Independence woman killed in crash on I-10 in Baton Rouge

    April 28, 2014 9:25 PM

    BATON ROUGE- I-10 was closed for some of Monday evening as authorities worked to clear a deadly wreck from the Siegen Lane overpass. The wreck happened in the eastbound lanes. It took crews about four hours to investigate and remove the wreckage. State Police say 51-year-old Patricia Martello... more »
  • Local woman killed in suspected teenage drunk driving crash

    April 21, 2014 10:36 PM

    PINEVILLE- An 18-year-old from Livingston Parish faces charges after a crash in Central Louisiana, State Police said Monday. Trinity J. Sullivan, of Holden, is charged with vehicular homicide and reckless operation. Investigators said they also believe the teenager was impaired when the crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. in... more »
  • Troopers: 22-year-old dump truck driver lost control in deadly crash

    April 21, 2014 4:23 PM

    BATON ROUGE- State Police released the name of a dump truck driver who lost control, crashed, and died in a wreck that shutdown Greenwell Springs Road Monday morning. The closure lasted much of the day. It slowed traffic north of Stoney Point Birch Road. Investigators said Will E.... more »
  • Technology changes the scene for first responders Play Video

    April 15, 2014 5:42 PM

    GONZALES - First responders in Louisiana tested the state's emergency response system to get ready for hurricane season this week. Teams from across Louisiana took a test run of the multi-state emergency response system, Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC) Mobilization Unit. Just like in a real emergency, everyone checks... more »
  • House destroyed by Wednesday evening inferno

    April 9, 2014 9:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A roaring house fire is under investigation. Firefighters were dispatched to the house on Vouvray, in the Vignes Lake neighborhood off Hoo Shoo Too and South Vignes, just before 7 p.m. Wednesday. Emergency responders said when they arrived, part of the house was engulfed in flames and... more »
  • Boxes of coffee, not bombs force scare at LSU

    April 7, 2014 11:13 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Containers of coffee were exploded by the bomb squad after they were deemed suspicious and shutdown a section of the LSU campus Monday. The boxes were found outside Thomas Boyd Hall near the Memorial Tower just before 4 p.m. Not long after, the building was evacuated and... more »
  • Suspicious packages force evacuation at LSU

    April 7, 2014 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A building on the LSU campus was evacuated Monday and the Baton Rouge Police bomb squad unit was called to assist campus police investigate a series of suspicious packages. The boxes are similar to a shoeshine kit and were found outside Thomas Boyd Hall near the Memorial... more »
  • Emotional scene where child was hit, killed by vehicle

    April 1, 2014 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A one-year-old girl died after being hit by a vehicle Tuesday evening. Authorities said a man was backing out of a driveway on North 17th Street when the child was struck. The crash happened between Bay and Chestnut. The incident was described as a terrible accident.... more »
  • Police investigating double shooting

    March 18, 2014 7:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Police are investigating a double shooting, where one victim was shot in the head. Authorities and emergency crews were dispatched to the intersection of La Margie and La Annie shortly before 6:30 Tuesday evening. The second victim was shot in the leg. Both shooting victims were... more »
  • Woman burned before being rescued from inferno

    February 26, 2014 9:21 PM

    ERWINVILLE- Firefighters spent the night extinguishing hot spots after a mobile home erupted into flames in West Baton Rouge Parish Wednesday evening. Multiple fire departments were called to the scene on Tuscaloosa Avenue, off Bueche Road near Highway 190. People said the home burst into flames. Inside, were oxygen... more »
  • Gas well blowout forces evacuations

    February 25, 2014 7:04 PM

    EUNICE- Natural gas is believed to be spewing into the air in Acadia Parish after a well blowout Tuesday evening. Roads were closed and homes were evacuated. People living near Highways 13 and 370 were told to leave. Those roads were also blocked since there is a fear of... more »
  • Website: Baton Rouge among country's "most dangerous"

    February 24, 2014 10:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Despite a reported drop in crime, a reality website ranks the city as one of the most dangerous in the United States. The site compiled 100 where there are 25,000 or more people and based the results on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Violent... more »
  • More info released about attempted LSU abduction Play Video

    February 20, 2014 8:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE- LSU Police are investigating an attempted abduction that happened just after 7p.m. in a parking lot near Patrick F. Taylor Hall. Police said a woman was walking to her car in the parking lot when she spotted a man get out of a black van and approach... more »
  • Interstate gridlock slows Wednesday night travel

    February 19, 2014 7:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE- The evening highways looked more like the afternoon rush; clogged and mostly lit from the red glow of brake lights since I-10 and I-12 both closed for a part of Wednesday night. All eastbound lanes closed just before eight on I-10 before the I-10/110 Split in downtown.... more »
  • Man murdered in spray of bullets Thursday night

    February 13, 2014 10:00 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man was shot dead and left behind apartments off Florida Boulevard Thursday night. Detectives found the unidentified man in the complex at 567 Sharp Lane after people reported hearing gunshots just after 9 p.m. He was shot multiple times, detectives said. He died at the... more »
  • Mom arrested after child eats crack cocaine crumbs

    February 12, 2014 10:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A 33-year-old mother faces charges after she admitted to police her child likely ate crack cocaine from coke crumbs on the floor following her high. Keisha Strudivant was arrested when the child was taken to an area hospital and doctors said the boy showed signs of cocaine... more »
  • Two women hit by vehicle, seriously injured Tuesday night

    February 12, 2014 12:22 AM

    BAKER- Police spent Tuesday evening interviewing the driver of a vehicle that hit two women, severely injuring both of them. The women were rushed to an area hospital after the crash on South Magnolia, off Highway 19. Their conditions were described as very serious by first responders on the... more »
  • Fire erupts next to fire safety complex

    February 6, 2014 10:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Fire crews were dispatched to a large fire Thursday night adjacent to a fire protection company. Numerous crews were on the scene as flames poured out of the roof and smoke billowed into the night sky from a building on Mohican Street at Plank Road. Part... more »
  • Elderly apartment complex evacuated Wednesday night Play Video

    February 5, 2014 8:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Managers and firefighters evacuated the Catholic-Presbyterian Apartments after a small fire triggered the sprinkler system and filled part of the building with smoke Wednesday night. Emergency crews were called to the high-rise in downtown just before 8 p.m. about a fire on one of the upper floors.... more »
  • Deadly evening on area highways

    February 4, 2014 11:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Two people died on highways in the area Tuesday night. Ramsey A. Ogwynn, 25, of Sorrento was killed in a crash on LA Hwy. 931 east of LA Hwy. 44 in Ascension Parish. State Police said Ogwynn crossed into the path of another car and was hit.... more »
  • Police: driver failed to yield, caused deadly wreck

    January 23, 2014 10:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Plank Road reopened following an evening-long closure after two vehicles collided and one person died. As of this post, State Police had not reported the name of the person who was killed. But, investigators said the person who died hit a pick-up truck after the driver... more »
  • Deadly wreck closes Plank Road

    January 23, 2014 7:50 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Parts of Plank Road near the airport are closed as police work a massive crash where at least one person has died. WBRZ News 2 reporter Brittany Weiss, who is on the scene, reports that car parts are all over the road. State Police are working... more »
  • George's Place rammed by car Play Video

    January 22, 2014 6:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A car smashed into the side of a bar near downtown Baton Rouge just as the evening rush was ending Wednesday. The wreck closed streets around the I-10/St. Ferdinand on ramp. Multiple police cruisers, a fire truck, and an ambulance were on scene. There were... more »
  • LSP: man driving speeding luxury car causes deadly crash

    January 20, 2014 9:16 PM

    HAMMOND- State Police arrested a man for causing a deadly crash on I-55 near I-12 Monday. Clifford Durio, 31, was booked into the Tangipahoa Parish jail on a list of charges, including negligent homicide, negligent injuring, reckless operation, felon in possession of a firearm, and driving under suspension. ... more »
  • Owner of burned home given an ultimatum

    January 14, 2014 10:46 PM

    BAKER- City leaders gave a homeowner less than three months to demolish his home after it burned when a plane crashed into it seven months ago. Since the crash, the home has sat vacant and charred. Neighbors say it's an eyesore and want it torn down. The pilot... more »
  • Authorities: no emergency after people report shakes, loud noise

    January 13, 2014 6:47 PM

    LIVINGSTON- People have reported feeling- and hearing- a loud noise, almost explosion like, Monday afternoon from Livingston to St. Helena Parish authorities said. But, no emergency has been reported. There were reports of shaking and a loud "boom" from I-12 in Livingston Parish to Highway 10 in St. Helena.... more »
  • Trucker crushed by load after wreck

    January 9, 2014 2:15 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- A 61-year-old cement truck driver died after he lost control of his truck and wrecked Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff's deputies in Ascension Parish said Albert Rucker of Baton Rouge was crushed by the mixer when the truck crashed. The accident happened on Merritt Evans Road about 4:30 p.m. ... more »
  • Cement truck crash closes highway

    January 8, 2014 10:22 PM

    PRAIRIEVILLE- Sheriff's deputies closed Merritt Evans Road late Wednesday evening after a cement truck overturned. According to the sheriff's office website, the highway could be closed for a few hours overnight as crews investigate the crash and clear the wreckage. Deputies have not released specifics about what happened,... more »
  • Man rescued from smoky, stuck elevator

    January 8, 2014 3:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A man had an experience he'd likely rather forget inside a downtown high-rise Wednesday. Emergency crews were called to the Chase Bank building on Laurel Street about a man being stuck in an elevator that was filling up with smoke. The man was trapped between the eight... more »
  • Firefighters battle massive downtown fire

    January 3, 2014 10:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Eyewitnesses said homeless people have been staying in a house that burst into flames, sending glowing fire and smoke into the cold night air Friday. For nearly an hour, crews battled the blaze and had to close some downtown streets, including St. Philip. Flames shot... more »
  • Baton Rouge man dies in fiery motorcycle crash

    January 2, 2014 9:16 PM

    THIBODAUX- A man from Baton Rouge died on a highway in Lafourche Parish when his motorcycle crashed and caught on fire while he was pinned in the wreckage Thursday. State Police said Thomas Grems, 54, died on LA 308 just after 4 p.m. Grems was trapped between the... more »
  • Firefighters battle two fires simultaneously

    January 2, 2014 8:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Arson investigators were called to investigate a fire that appears to have destroyed a vacant house. Flames poured from nearly every opening on the structure on Wayne Drive Thursday night. At one point, the fire was topping trees on the property, which is off Winbourne Ave. ... more »
  • Firefighters work Christmas Eve house fire

    December 24, 2013 4:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE- People gathered on Christmas Eve to watch as firefighters rushed to extinguish a fire in an upscale neighborhood. Fire crews were dispatched to the home on Bocage Boulevard just before 4 p.m. Tuesday. As many as forty-five minutes after the dispatch, smoke was still visible from the... more »
  • I-10 in Lake Charles open after plant fire

    December 20, 2013 2:52 PM

    WESTLAKE- I-10 has reopened following a fire at the Axiall refinery west of Lake Charles. The fire has also been extinguished and sources tell WBRZ News 2 some plant workers are headed back into the facility. At about 1:30 Friday afternoon, an incident forced evacuations and a shelter... more »
  • NASA working to repair International Space Station

    December 12, 2013 10:09 AM

    CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. - NASA is scrambling to figure out what's wrong with a key cooling unit on the International Space Station. On Wednesday, one of two identical cooling loops shut down. The system uses ammonia to dissipate heat from on-board equipment. One line was getting too cold. Engineers suspect... more »
  • One dead in Highland Rd. wreck

    December 6, 2013 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE- One person died in a wreck that closed Highland Road Friday night. Two people were in one car that crashed, authorities said. The wreck happened near the observatory between Pecue and Siegen. One person was taken to the hospital with injuries the second person died at... more »
  • Neighbors rescue resident from burning apartment

    December 2, 2013 10:15 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A person was pulled from a burning apartment when flames erupted from a stove Monday night. The fire began around 7:30 and was caused by "unattended cooking" a fire department spokesperson said in a news release. The fire happened at a complex in the 5200 block of... more »
  • Bluebonnet open after shutdown

    November 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Bluebonnet between I-10 and Jefferson Highway fully reopened after a lunchtime shutdown Monday. Emergency crews were dealing with a natural gas leak. Lanes between Oliphant and Gail were re-routed due to the leak. Traffic was impacted by this closure for less than an hour. ... more »
  • Firefighters have trouble finding unidentifiable properties Play Video

    November 21, 2013 9:53 PM

    CENTRAL - Emergency responders say sometimes it is difficult to locate a residence they're called to for help because many homes do not have address in plain view. The problem is increasing in smaller, rural fire districts including Central, St. Amant and St. George in East Baton Rouge Parish.... more »
  • Light's green for traffic, new signals in BR

    November 18, 2013 11:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Four intersections are being regulated by new signals to regulate traffic flow. The new lights on Jefferson Highway are synchronized and can be adjusted by the time of day and amount of traffic. Another new feature allows the lights to change from green to red to allow... more »
  • Gas spill requires overnight attention

    October 28, 2013 8:50 PM

    ST. AMANT- Fire fighters and hazmat crews spent Monday night cleaning gasoline out of ditches near Highway 431 and Gold Place Road after a tanker truck leaked its load. Pictures from the scene show the semi apparently hit a pole making a turn, causing the leak. Chief James... more »
  • Thieves strike in broad daylight Play Video

    October 23, 2013 10:31 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A woman stumbled upon a group of thugs burglarizing her house Wednesday afternoon. The victim, Phi Troung, said she does not feel safe anymore. She asked, "It just feels like, 'where are we safe in our city?'" Troung said she pulled into her garage on Estates... more »
  • Injuries reported after charter bus crash

    October 16, 2013 4:12 PM

    KINDER- Multiple injuries have been reported after a charter bus crashed in Jefferson Davis Parish. Photos from the scene show a truck and bus collided. The crash happened Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 165 and Highway 101. That is just north of I-10 and south of Kinder.... more »
  • Emergency crews respond to industrial accident

    October 8, 2013 9:27 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Emergency crews responded to an industrial accident at a plant in the northern part of the city Tuesday night. The accident involves a worker at a facility off Ronaldson Road. There is no threat to public safety, an East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's spokesperson said. ... more »
  • Traffic lights synced to ease traffic

    October 8, 2013 9:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Outdated traffic lights are being replaced to help the flow of traffic in Baton Rouge. The new light systems along Jefferson Hwy. will be synchronized and can switch to allow emergency vehicles to pass. Other areas will allow extra time for pedestrians and bikers. It's... more »

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