Driver in Basin Bridge crash gets out of jail

IBERVILLE PARISH, LA (WAFB) - The woman arrested for crashing her vehicle in the water off of the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge bonded out of jail Monday night. Lois Rudd's bond had been set at $25,000.

The crash left one person dead after the truck flipped over the guardrail into the water. The accident happened just before 8:15 p.m. Friday night, westbound between Whiskey Bay and Ramah exit in Iberville Parish.

Rudd, 24, of Largo, FL, was admitted to the hospital and once released she went to jail. Investigators report that Rudd was speeding just before the SUV went flying off into the basin.

Rudd was driving west on I-10 on the Basin Bridge when her vehicle veered to the left and hit the south guardrail.  Rudd overcorrected causing her vehicle to roll on its side and hit the north guardrail, where it then went over the side of the bridge.

There were six people in the vehicle with Rudd.  One passenger, Mina Bell, 25, of St. Petersburg, FL, was pronounced dead at the scene.  Rudd's five children ranging in age from 5 weeks old to 9 years old were also in the car.  A 7-year-old in the vehicle suffered severe injuries while the others suffered moderate injuries.  All were taken to local hospitals to be treated for their injuries.

She has been charged with five counts of negligent injury, negligent homicide, and careless operation.

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