DRONE VIDEO: Lake D’Arbonne bridge partially reopened after crash

Published: Sep. 27, 2021 at 12:17 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2021 at 3:58 PM CDT
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Update: As of 3:50 p.m., Google Maps indicates traffic over the bridge is fast-moving.

Update: As of 2:00 p.m., Farmerville PD reports that one lane of travel is now open. Google Maps shows traffic crossing the bridge at a slow rate.

UNION PARISH, La. (KNOE) - A major bridge connecting the Town of Farmerville with the other side of D’Arbonne Lake has been closed this morning due to a motor vehicle crash near the bridge.

The closure happened around 9 a.m. Monday morning and motorists say they’ve sitting in traffic for hours. According to a post by the Town of Farmerville, they estimate reopening to happen within about an hour after 12 p.m. noon.

The James Peyton Smith Bridge connects Farmerville with the southern portion of Union Parish. Among the destinations on the south side of the lake is D’Arbonne Woods Charter School.

As of 12:57 p.m., Google Maps showed heavy traffic (red) on both sides of the bridge and FPD has not updated their traffic advisory.

Drone video sent to KNOE by photographer Bobby Garrett shows what appears to be a damaged dump truck sitting near the lake. Emergency crews can be seen in the photo as well. Video also shows traffic stalled on one side of the bridge.

We will update this page when the bridge is reopened.

The bridge across Lake D'Arbonne was closed after a crash.
The bridge across Lake D'Arbonne was closed after a crash.(Bobby Garrett)

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