State Trooper pulls pair of women from burning car on Causeway
METAIRIE - A Louisiana State Police Trooper pulled two women from a burning car on the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, according to WWL-TV in New Orleans.
The incident shut down the southbound lanes of the span for roughly an hour and a half Friday afternoon.
A spokesperson with the Causeway Police said that around 1:30 p.m., a car with two women inside broke down in the right lane. Within minutes, a truck rear-ended them causing a fire to start in the women's car.
State Police officer Steven Paulus of Troop L happened to be in the area when the crash occured, and he was able to pull the women from the car as it was engulfed in flames. WWL says the two women had several lacerations and were taken to an area hospital. Their injuries are described as not severe, and they did not suffer any burns.
Causeway Police said the Trooper likely saved their lives.
The wreck happened near the five-mile marker on the bridge. Cars that were caught behind the incident were allowed to slowly pass and exit the span. The southbound lanes reopened just before 3 p.m. Friday.
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