Truck Driver Rescued After 2-Hour Operation
A DELIVERY TRUCK PASSING THROUGH FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Wednesday morning went through the guardrail of an off-ramp bridge and nearly plunged to the roadway below.
The wholesale bakery truck was traveling north on I-95 when it moved onto an off-ramp to switch to another road when the driver accidentally crashed through the guard wall. Fortunately for the driver there was a large, concrete bridge support right in that spot which prevented the vehicle from going all the way off the roadway.
There was a passenger in the cab also, and he was crushed and killed in the cab. The driver was conscious and barely injured when the Fort Lauderdale firefighters arrived on the scene. They first stabilized the truck and then used an aerial ladder positioned below to reach the driver and eventually brought him safely down. The dead passenger was pinned in the wreckage and remained there until a large crane was brought in to lift the truck and set it down away from the edge on the highway.
WTSP-TV also reports:
Mary Rodriguez, one of the owners of the bakery, said a family member was driving the truck to one of their distribution sites in Tampa. She said she didn't know who the passenger was because he was supposed to be making the trip alone. She also didn't know what he was doing on I-95 because it wasn't on the scheduled route to Tampa.
WPLG-TV filed this raw video:
The Miami Herald has the STORY.
Hat tip: Mark Donovan
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