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FDOT to Review Safety of Buckman Bridge after Fatal Accident

Tina Robinson2 years ago

Officials from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) say they are in the process of reviewing the safety and traffic of Buckman Bridge in Jacksonville, Fla. after a fatal accident occurred there last week.

About the FDOT Investigation

The Florida-Times Union is reporting the planned investigation which will look at the height and strength of the concrete guardrails of the bridge as well as traffic and other safety features. The review is standard on state roads after fatal accidents occure, but an FDOT official said social media outcry also spurred the action.

On Friday, four engineers along with interim director of operations, John Green, met to begin looking at the bridge. They note that it could take several months to perform the analysis. The bridge’s guardrails currently meet federal guidelines of two feet, eight inches high but many say that’s not enough to stop a vehicle after a collision.

About the Fatal Buckman Bridge Accident

On July 16, William Maddox, 48, died when his pickup truck was struck by another car and sent over the side the bridge. Maddox’s truck fell about 10 to 12 feet before sinking into the bottom of the St. Johns river. Witnesses said Maddox was able to free himself from the vehicle but was eventually swept away by the river’s current.

The driver of the car that struck Maddox has been identified as Andrew McPhun, 22. McPhun said he was unable to see the truck. 


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