5 vehicles wreck on U.S. 90 bridge slow morning traffic

BERWICK — Two wrecks, involving five vehicles, sent three men to the hospital and briefly shut down traffic on the eastbound side of the U.S. 90 bridge over the Atchafalaya River this morning, according to Berwick Police Chief James Richard.

The second wreck occurred at about 7:13 a.m. Solomon Rowland, 40, drove his 1999 Toyota pickup truck into the back of a 1997 Chevy pickup driven by Jonathon Webber, 24, of Berwick, Richard said.

According to police, Rowland and Webber, as well as an unidentified passenger in Webber’s truck, were treated on the scene by Acadian Ambulance paramedics and brought to the hospital.

Richard said that Rowland told police that the rising sun obstructed his vision on the bridge. Rowland was cited for careless operation of a vehicle.

Berwick police managed to keep one lane of traffic opened on the bridge for much of the investigation but the entire bridge was shut down for about 10 minutes while the injured were being treated and transported, and the damaged vehicles were removed by wreckers. Berwick Volunteer Fire Department firefighters cleaned the highway of debris and put down absorbents to clean up the liquids on the pavement.

This collision occurred as traffic had slowed down on the bridge while a minor three-vehicle accident with no injuries was being investigated by Berwick police.

The first accident occurred at 6:56 a.m., according to Richard. Brody Marcotte, 17, of Patterson was charged with careless operation of a vehicle after his 1997 Camry rear-ended a 2000 Nissan pickup truck driven by Chett Buelow, 20, of Morgan City. That accident occurred in the right, outside lane.

Ryan Theriot, 30, of Berwick was also cited in that incident for careless operation when he subsequently struck Marcotte’s vehicle.

The vehicles in the initial wreck had been moved to the right shoulder of the bridge when the second accident occurred.

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