Emergency rescue frees stranded trucker after bridge collapse
Published Saturday, February 24, 2018 11:20AM EST
Last Updated Saturday, February 24, 2018 6:37PM EST
A truck driver was left stranded in the cab of his vehicle after the bridge he was travelling on suddenly collapsed into a southern Ontario creek on Friday.
The mishap took place in Port Bruce, Ont., a community about 200 kilometres southwest of Toronto on the northern shore of Lake Erie.
Witnesses said the Imperial Road bridge broke in the middle and created huge waves when a portion fell into the water.
A truck driver was on the bridge when it collapsed, trapping him and his vehicle on a steeply-angled slab of concrete.
Local firefighters managed to rescue the driver, a man in his late 20s, from inside the truck. No injuries were reported.
One day after the rescue, the truck remained on a steep angle on a portion of the collapsed bridge Saturday afternoon, drawing a small crowd.
Jacob Peters said he came to see the bridge because he had helped construct it as a teenager more than 50 years ago.
“It was a lot of work,” he said. “A lot of sitting in there tying the rebar together and pouring the cement.”
“I was surprised to see it go down,” Peters added.
Jamie McMillan was there with a crew setting up barricades around the bridge while people took photos nearby.
“People have been putting themselves at risk trying to get a shot at this,” he said.
The southwestern Ontario region has been hit by heavy rainfall in recent days. Floodwaters shut down several streets in Port Bruce. It is unclear if the bridge’s supports were impacted by the weather.
Police said drivers will have to use an alternate route until the bridge can be repaired or replaced.
With a report from CTV Kitchener’s Maleeha Sheikh and CTV London’s Brett Lale
Elgin County OPP - police, fire and ambulance on scene at Imperial Road bridge collapse Port Bruce ON.— OPP West (@OPP_WR) February 23, 2018
Rescue underway no injuries reported at this point.
Hundreds of onlookers showing up to Port Bruce to see the bridge collapse a day later. No time frame confirmed on when truck will be removed. More from the village on @CTVLondon pic.twitter.com/l1QrTyiS4Z— BrentLaleCTV (@BrentLaleCTV) February 24, 2018