Truck driver pulled to safety after crash leaves vehicle dangling over bridge

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The driver of a semi-truck was pulled to safety by firefighters Friday after a crash that left the vehicle dangling over a bridge over the Ohio River.

The three-vehicle crash on the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge connecting Louisville, Kentucky, to southern Indiana was reported around noon, Louisville Fire Chief Brian O’Neill said at a news conference. One other person involved in the accident was immediately taken to hospital and crews were deployed to rescue the truck driver from the cab.

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It took about 40 minutes to set up a rope system and get someone ready to rappel to the cabin and hook the driver to a safety harness and get her out safely, O’Neill said. She was taken to hospital as a precaution.

“The train runs all the time for this kind of thing,” he said of the rescue company. “This is really a worst-case scenario.”

The firefighters were prepared and the operation went smoothly thanks to their training, he said.

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“These were some serious heroes here,” he said. “This was really professional, well-rehearsed, well-trained stuff. They came right out and headed straight for her.”

Louisville Metro Police are investigating the crash and said the bridge remained closed in both directions Friday afternoon.

A safety inspection of the bridge will be conducted after all vehicles are removed, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said.