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Fatal crash on I-55 forces temporary closure

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Hammond, La. -- State police closed both northbound lanes of Interstate 55 at U.S. 51 Friday afternoon after a deadly single-vehicle crash.

FOX 8 News received this news release from Troop L of the Louisiana State Police Friday evening:

Shortly after 3:00 pm this afternoon, Troopers from Louisiana State Police Troop L began investigating a single vehicle fatal crash on Interstate 55 directly at the northbound exit ramp to U.S. 51. During the course of the crash, the vehicle severely damaged a support pillar for the overhead exit sign above both northbound lanes of the interstate.

Due to the extent of the damage, neither the vehicle nor the sign can be removed from the scene until a Department of Transportation and Development repair crew arrives with a crane and additional heavy equipment. Upon the arrival of the DOTD equipment, both northbound lanes of Interstate 55 will be closed for public safety while the sign is removed and dismantled. Northbound traffic will be diverted off the interstate at the LA 22 / Ponchatoula exit and will be allowed to continue north utilizing U.S. 51 Business.

The lane closure is expected to take place at 7:00 pm and will remain closed until the necessary repairs are completed.

Additional information regarding the fatal crash will be forthcoming.

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