A quiet former fishing village on the banks of Lake Erie in Canada northeast of Cleveland garnered international attention after a truck driver wound up in the water after the bridge he crossed collapsed Friday.
Port Bruce bridge collapses … truck driver unharmed. pic.twitter.com/qEJo9orZTu
— canada (@weathersite) February 23, 2018
The loss of the main entrance into the lakeside community to the 12:45 p.m. accident will force its roughly 200 year-round residents to take a three-mile detour.
Driver Escapes Injury
The dump truck driver, Scott Barber, 27, who was hauling gravel escaped injury after a bridge collapse the landed him in Catfish Creek in Port Bruce, Ontario. His was the only vehicle on the bridge at the time of the collapse. It was his fourth trip across the bridge that day.
Elgin County OPP – police, fire and ambulance on scene at Imperial Road bridge collapse Port Bruce ON.
Rescue underway no injuries reported at this point.
— OPP West (@OPP_WR) February 23, 2018
Hundreds Flock to Scene
Since the accident, hundreds of people journeyed with their cameras to take pictures of the bridge.
Officials are still investigating the incident, they believe heavy rainfall and flooding could be part of the cause of the bridges’ demise. There is also no time table for the 1960’s bridge to be repaired.