February 27, 2024

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Florida driver gets upended by rising drawbridge in video

If you’ve got at any time crossed a drawbridge and imagined you would hate to get caught there whilst it is really executing its factor, this is a scary appear into just what which is like.

The online video over shows a automobile crossing a bridge in Lantana, Fla., around the Intracoastal Waterway. The Honda Accord commences to cross the bridge, and the safety gates decreased at the rear of him. He is nearly throughout when the bridge when he is confronted by the safety gate in advance of him, and stops. Which is when the bridge starts to increase, and the motor vehicle gets lifted alongside with it. As the predicament carries on to unfold, the driver opens his car or truck door as if to leap out, but there’s clearly a hole underneath him substantial sufficient to tumble as a result of, 40 ft to drinking water below, so he scraps that strategy. Ultimately, the lifted bridge spits the Accord out on to level pavement, and basic safety. We’ve received to hand it to the driver for appearing to be so tranquil when he ways out of the motor vehicle. Exceptionally, when the bridge settles back into area, he’s ready to drive absent.

County officials instructed CBS12 that the bridge operator was a county personnel who has been fired. WPBF documented that the bridge operator relied only on camera sights of the bridge rather than stepping out of the regulate booth, and did not see the automobile.

This incident transpired back on Oct. 21, but it is just now surfacing in the wake of a far more new tragedy — the demise of a 79-yr-outdated lady below comparable conditions before this month. Carol Wright was crossing a West Palm Seaside drawbridge on her bicycle when the bridge began to rise. She held on to the bridge railing for numerous minutes right before slipping 5 or six tales to the concrete beneath. The bridge tender is becoming investigated for achievable carelessness.