Search and Rescue operation underway after truck crashes into Lake Pontchartrain from the Southbound Causeway

The Lake Pontchartrain Causeway at sunrise. (Credit: Patrick)

METAIRIE– The Causeway Police, along with the Coast Guard, and the Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Departments¬† are searching for a vehicle that crashed off of the causeway into Lake Pontchartrain.

According to Causeway Police, the search was activated when it was reported that approximately 1/2 a mile of guard rail was missing on the Southbound lane of the bridge and debris could bee seen on the road and in the water.

As of 3:45 a.m., crews were on the scene and actively searching for a possible vehicle in the water.

According to witnesses, a pickup truck crashed into the lake around mile marker 11.

Coast Guard boats as well as dive teams from Jefferson and St. Tammany Parish are currently conducting search and rescue operations in the waters around mile marker 11.

Southbound causeway is closed while these operations continue.

We will bring you the latest on this story as it becomes available.