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Trucker Runs Into Bridge

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CREEDMOOR — A 51-year-old truck driver can counthimself lucky to be alive, after his rig plunged off an I-85 bridge andwound up in Falls Lake.

Officials said Donald Williams of Atlanta was driving for ScaleasAirport Services of Follcroft, PA. About 6 a.m. Sunday, he was drivingnorth on I-85 when his rig clipped a guardrail, slid down an embankmentand came to rest in the water.

Rescuers said Williams was lucky to have survived, and that hisseatbelt undoubtedly contributed to his sole injury being a scratch on onearm.

The bridge, alas, suffered mightily. Officials put the damage ataround $100,000, which they say will be billed to the trucking firm forwhich he was driving.

The accident created an immense traffic jam. Nine hours after thecrash, traffic was still backed up 6 1/2 miles in both directions. Asdusk settled in, motorists were still dealing with a detour.

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