SORRENTO — A dashboard camera video shows a motorhome lose control, crash into highway median cable barriers, turn on its side and slide down the Interstate 10 median in Ascension Parish late Monday morning.
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Ascension Parish-- Earlier this morning, Louisiana State Troopers from Troop A were dispatched to an overturned motorhome on Interstate 10 east of US 61 in Ascension Parish. Crash scene investigators determined the motorhome was westbound on Interstate 10 in the left lane. The motorhome sustained a tire failure and entered the center median, where it then impacted the cable barriers. After impacting the cable barriers, the motorhome overturned and slid on its side across both eastbound lanes. The driver, 69 year old Royce Denmon of Kilgore, Texas and his passenger suffered minor injuries in the crash.A witness to the crash, 30 year old Jonathan Mendel of Metairie, Louisiana was operating an 18 wheeler westbound on Interstate 10 and captured the entire crash sequence with his dashboard camera. Mr. Mendel was also able to safely pull his vehicle onto the right shoulder and call 911. As you watch the video of this crash, please take note of how quickly a crash can occur. Think if you were in the eastbound travel lanes. What evasive maneuvers, if any would you have been able to take? Also, think about the consequences of not wearing a seatbelt or distracted driving. While not a factor in this crash, imagine what would have occurred had all parties been preoccupied with various distractions. Finally, check out the amazing engineering that went into the cable barrier system along the Interstate Systems in Louisiana. While not designed for heavy articulated vehicles like a motorhome, the system was able to redirect a vehicle weighing over 20,000 pounds.Interstate traffic was impacted for less than two hours as a result of this crash. Information in reference to the subsequent lane closures was updated utilizing Nixle as well as the Louisiana State Police Facebook page. Motorists are encouraged to enroll to receive Nixle Alerts so delays like this can be avoided. To enroll for this free service, visit www.nixle.com, complete the required information, and select Louisiana State Police as your agency. We also recommend visiting http://wwwapps.dotd.la.gov/administration/announcements/mydotd.aspx for the most updated information on lane closures.Posted by Louisiana State Police on Monday, May 11, 2015
Louisiana State Police provided a copy of the video, which was taken from a camera in an 18-wheeler driving alongside the motorhome about 10:30 a.m., troopers said in a Facebook post.
Sgt. Nick Manale, Louisiana State Police spokesman, said Tuesday the westbound motorhome ended up in the eastbound lanes of I-10, blocking both lanes of traffic about two miles east of the I-10/Airline Highway interchange near the St. James Parish line. Traffic was fully restored a bit less than two hours later Monday, Manale said.
He said the motorhome had a tire blowout, which sent the vehicle towing a red pickup into the highway’s grassy median and eventually the westbound lanes.
The State Police Facebook post also credited the cable barriers with preventing a more serious accident.
The driver of the motorhome, Royce Denmon, 69, of Kilgore, Texas, and his sole passenger had minor injuries, troopers said.
Jonathan Mendel, 30, of Metairie, who was driving the 18-wheeler with the camera that captured the crash, pulled his tractor-trailer off I-10 westbound and called 911 for help.
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