Sunday, June 1, 2014

Man jumps into Lake Pontchartrain, saves Causeway driver

As I drove across the Causeway Friday above Lake Pontchartrain in the middle of a rainstorm, I considered the possibility of my car careening over the rail due to an out-of-control-vehicle (that's a thing here, wondering whether you'll go over guard rail while crossing some body of water), and I thought, "Nobody would rescue me in this kind of weather."

Cars flipping over the Causeway guardrail happens more often than I care to contemplate. Apparently yesterday, a driver's truck went over the side into the lake, and this is what happened. As Alvin Pike was driving to work, "the pickup truck in front of him suddenly hit the [Causeway's] left guardrail and careened back to the right side of the bridge," reports the Times Picayune." So, Alvin stopped his car, halted other drivers, and jumped into the lake to save the man. Great story! Pike's so modest. Like most heroes he says anybody else would have done the same.

According to the New Orleans Advocate, the driver was reaching for his cell phone when he lost control of his truck. Um, I would definitely not reach for a cell phone while driving over the lake. Bluetooth's the way to go.

Maybe I should keep a life vest on the font seat of my car. I was surprised to learn how many of the regular Causeway drivers carry them.

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