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, 11 May 2015
ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WVUE) – Louisiana State Police troopers were dispatched to an overturned motor home on Interstate 10 on Monday.
The accident happened east of US 61 in Ascension Parish. Crash scene investigators said the motor home was westbound on Interstate 10 in the left lane when it blew out a tire and veered into the median, striking the cable barriers.
The vehicle overturned and slid on its side across both eastbound lanes.
The driver, 69-year-old Royce Denmon of Kilgore, Texas and his passenger sustained only minor injuries in the crash.
A witness to the crash, 30-year-old Jonathan Mendel of Metairie, was driving an 18-wheeler westbound on Interstate 10 and captured the entire crash with his dashboard camera. He was also able to pull his rig vehicle onto the shoulder and call 911.
State Police posted the following on its Facebook page:
Interstate traffic was delayed for less than two hours as a result of the crash.