A trucker was able to escape his semi truck after a crash left it hanging off the side of a bridge in South Carolina on Monday.
The accident happened on April 26th in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 at the double bridges in Georgetown County.
According to Count on 2 News, a semi truck and a four-wheeler were involved in the wreck that shut down the northbound lanes for more than three hours and left officials with questions about structural damage to the bridge.
The truck driver was not hurt in the accident. The motorist was transported to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.
The bridge has since been inspected for damage and all lanes have been reopened.
@MidwayFireResQ working MVA on the Small Bridge N at county/city line. Tractor Trailer Cab over bridge. Driver out. Occupant of involved passenger vehicle transported w/minor injuries. Small fluid leak from TT Cab. @USCG @SCDOTPeeDee @GCEMD @SCDPS_PIO all assisting. NB 17 CLOSED pic.twitter.com/nK6Fy7Rghq— Midway Fire Rescue (@MidwayFireResQ) April 26, 2021
“I heard a big crash kaboom and looked over on the bridge here at black river and come to find out we have an 18-wheeler hanging off the bridge,” said Joshua Powers, who was working on a boat at the Georgetown Marina Landing at the time of the accident.
“The first thing I did was jump into action and call 911. I dialed 911 right away and within 5 minutes we had rescue on scene.”
“Initially my hands were shaking. I was very scared, it didn’t happen to me but it was so close to me and so real. I was so nervous I had tremors,” he continued to ABC 15 News.
“I want to thank all of those guys and ladies that work for those agencies once again for doing a great job coming out here and really responding in a very reasonable manner of time and doing what was necessary to make things happen.”
It is not clear what citations, if any, were issued in the incident and the initial cause of the crash has not been released.