Update: 3:39 p.m.

A two-vehicle accident on the southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway shut the bridge down for about 80 minutes Friday afternoon and resulted in two women being taken to East Jefferson General Hospital to be treated for lacerations.

The bridge reopened to traffic at 2:45 p.m, according to Carlton Dufrechou, general manager of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission.

The accident took place just under six miles from the south shore when an F250 rear-ended a Dodge Ram truck that had broken down, he said

The Dodge burst into flames, he said, but a State Trooper who happened to be nearby stopped and pulled the women from the burning vehicle. They were transported with lacerations but were not burned, he said.

Update: 3:30 p.m.

The southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway is now open.

Update: 2:15 p.m.

A multi-vehicle accident on the southbound span of the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway, about six miles from the south shore, resulted in injuries and a shutdown of the bridge, Carlton Dufrechou, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission said.

Two cars were on fire, but that blaze has been extinguished, he said, and two people have been taken to East Jefferson General Hospital.

Fire trucks are moving off the bridge, and vehicles stuck behind the accident will be let off, he said. Then debris will be cleared.

Dufrechou said that the southbound side will likely be closed for at least another 30 minutes.

Original story

The southbound span of the Causeway was closed down early Friday afternoon as police dealt with two cars that were ablaze, Carlton Dufrechou, executive director of the Greater New Orleans Expressway Commission confirmed.

Dufrechou said that there appear to be injuries.

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