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LA 73 in Ascension Parish closed to vehicle crash

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ASCENSION PARISH - Crews have reopened LA 73 following a morning crash in Ascension Parish.

La 73 from I-10 to Highway 74 was closed after a vehicle crashed into a power line before 6 a.m. The crash caused the lines to fall and get snagged on a passing 18-wheeler, yanking the pole and causing a ruptured gas line. The roadway has since reopened.

According to the Ascension Parish School System Dutchtown High, Dutchtown Middle, and Dutchtown Primary started an hour late due to the previous closure. Officials say the schools have gas and power, and no damage was reported. 

State police say the driver of the vehicle that initiated the crash, 35-year-old Derrick Bercegeay, was cited for careless operation. 

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