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Icy roads factor for 2 deaths

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NEW ORLEANS (KNOE 8 News/AP) - State police say icy road conditions were a factor in two south Louisiana highway traffic deaths.

One happened shortly after 1 a.m. Friday in the Lake Charles area when a driver lost control of a vehicle on an Interstate 10 overpass. That driver was killed when the car was struck by another vehicle.

Hours later, in Jefferson Davis Parish a woman lost control of her vehicle on an I-10 overpass. She was killed when an 18-wheeler struck her vehicle.

Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency in Louisiana, authorizing state government departments to take any necessary measures to deal with the frigid weather.

Icing led authorities to close numerous roads around the state, including the Causeway over Lake Pontchartrain and the elevated portion of Interstate 49 through Alexandria.

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