Driver arrested following I-10 crash into Atchafalaya Basin

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

RAMAH - State Police will arrest the driver of an SUV that traveled over the side of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge on Saturday killing a women passenger at approximately 8 p.m. for negligent homicide.

The 2002 Dodge Durango flipped over a guardrail on the elevated part of Interstate 10 falling into the basin near milepost 132 after the driver’s vehicle veered left and struck the south guardrail before overcorrection caused it to roll onto its side and strike the north guardrail traveling over the side of the bridge.

Lois Rudd, 24, Largo, Fla., will be booked into the Iberville Parish Jail on one count of negligent homicide in the death of Mina Bell, 25, St. Petersburg, Fla., once Rudd is released from the Baton Rouge Medical Center, State Police said.

Rudd will also be booked on five counts of negligent injuring and one count of careless operation. The crash remains under investigation to determine who was restrained. Troopers believe Rudd was speeding.

A total of seven people were in the vehicle including five children ranging in age from five weeks old to nine-years-old.

With the assistance of several responding agencies, the occupants of the vehicle were rescued and taken to waiting ambulances.

A seven-year-old sustained severe injuries while all of the others sustained moderate injuries and were taken to local hospitals.