Driver arrested in deadly Atchafalaya Basin accident

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RAMAH — State Police Saturday arrested the driver of an SUV that flipped over a guardrail on the elevated part of Interstate 10 and fell into the Atchafalaya Basin, killing a woman passenger.State Police will book Lois Rudd, 24, Largo, Florida, into Iberville Parish Jail on a count of negligent homicide in the death of Mina Bell, 25, St. Petersburg, Florida, once Rudd is released from Baton Rouge General Medical Center- Bluebonnet, Trooper First Class Jared Sandifer said Saturday.

She will also be booked on five counts of negligent injuring and one count of careless operation.

One of five children in the 2002 red Dodge Durango with Rudd, a 7-year-old, suffered severe injuries. The other children, ranging in age from 5 weeks to 9 years old, suffered moderate injuries. All the injured were taken to local hospitals.

About 8:15 p.m. Friday, Rudd was heading west on I-10 near milepost 132 in Ramah. The Durango veered left and crashed into a south concrete guardrail, the release says.

Rudd overcorrected, which caused the SUV to roll onto its side, strike the north concrete guardrail and flip over the side of the bridge.

Troopers, who suspect Rudd was speeding, are still investigating to see who was restrained, the release says.

The crash remains under investigation.

Editor’s note: This article was changed on June 14, 2014, to correct the name and gender of the driver in the crash, Lois Rudd. State Police originally released the name as Louis Rudd.