Driver plunges to death off Wilson bridge
Posted July 7
Wilson, N.C. — A man died Thursday afternoon after driving his SUV off a Wilson County bridge and into a creek. Investigators are baffled as to what caused 65-year-old Isaac Langley, of Goldsboro, to crash into a bridge guardrail from a road that is straight as an arrow.
Billy Barnes, of the Black Creek Fire Department, was one of the first on the scene.
He emptied his pockets and waded into a swirl of gasoline in the Great Swamp, swimming to the Dodge Durango, where a sheriff's deputy had pulled Langley onto the roof of the vehicle. There, he and others performed CPR, but could not revive the driver.
Divers later confirmed that Langley had been alone in the vehicle.
Troopers say he was heading south on U.S. Highway 117 when he struck the concrete guardrail at about 70 miles an hour, wiping out an 8-foot section.
Police shut down the bridge for several hours as crews worked to remove the SUV from the water.