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At Least 1 Dead in I-10 Bridge Collision

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Jarod Cassidy4 years ago

One person is dead and another is still missing following multiple traffic accidents on an icy bridge along Interstate 10 in Santa Rosa County, Florida Tuesday evening.

Recovery Efforts Hampered by Weather

Both Escambia County Sheriff’s Office divers and the U.S. Coast Guard were on the scene of two major accidents Tuesday night and early Wednesday, searching for “possible fatalities in the water.”

According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, the missing persons were suspected to have gone into the water as part of one of at least major two collisions that occurred on a bridge in Santa Rosa County.

The accident involved four tractor-trailers and a van that was pulling a U-Haul trailer in the westbound lane of I-10. While the events leading up to the crash have yet to be determined, the Florida Highway Patrol has confirmed that one of the trucks went over the railing of the concrete bridge and fell into the water below.

Divers were able to recover a body from the cab of the submerged truck, but no information on the victim’s age, gender or identity has been released. Recovery efforts for the second missing person were delayed Wednesday afternoon due to weather, but the search was scheduled to continue Thursday morning.

Other Injuries Suffered in the Accident

  • The driver of a 1988 Ford semi, David Mattadeen, 56, was reported to have suffered minor injuries.
  • Texas residents William J. Smith, 64, and Dorothy Smith, 85, both occupants of the van pulling the U-Haul trailer, were treated at Santa Rosa Medical Center for minor injuries.
  • A third, unidentified truck driver was treated for minor injuries on scene by emergency personnel.
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