Coroner identifies driver killed in fiery Causeway crash

Coroner identifies driver killed in fiery Causeway crash

The man killed in a fiery crash that closed the southbound lanes of the Causeway on Monday has been identified.

The accident happened at about 3:40 p.m. Monday near mile marker 20.

According to Causeway General Manager Carlton Dufrechou, a garbage truck rear-ended an attenuator vehicle, flipped, and then hit a police car, causing the police car to burst into flames. The attenuator vehicle went over the railing and into Lake Pontchartrain.

The driver of the vehicle, identified as 57-year-old Edward Burton of New Orleans, was killed. His body was found just after 5 p.m. Monday evening.

The officer in the police car was able to escape unharmed.

The garbage truck driver, who was not injured, was cited for reckless operation, and more charge may be forthcoming as the investigation progresses, Dufrechou said.

An attenuator truck is a vehicle required on many roadwork projects. Its purpose is to provide a buffer between workers and vehicular traffic and absorb the impact of any crash.

Southbound lanes of the Causeway Bridge will close at 10 a.m. Tuesday as crews recover the attenuator truck from Lake Pontchartrain. It is unclear how long the bridge will be closed.

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