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UPDATE: Name of victim, other details revealed in Blackwater Bridge accident
SANTA ROSA COUNTY - We're learning more about that deadly, 17-vehicle accident on the Blackwater River Bridge on Interstate 10 Tuesday.
One of the four big rigs involved in the crash plunged off the bridge. Divers recovered his body yesterday, and today crews found the body of another truck driver who had been missing since the wreck.
"It was a shadow because all the lights were out but I actually saw a shadow falling off the bridge," said Jamie Hawley, who was sitting in a car outside her home near the bridge with her husband when she heard the crash.
"We were in the car because the electricity was out ," Hawley said, "And then we heard like a really big screech and crash and jumped out of the car, looked over at the bridge and there was just sparks flying, You could smell rubber and gasoline and we kept on hearing, like screeching and cars hitting."
Bagdad Fire Rescue was one of several agencies that responded to the accident.
"One of the trailers had actually been split in two from one of the semis that drove through it," said Bagdad Fire Chief Nick Anderson.
Anderson says the cab of one truck detached from the rest of the vehicle and plunged into the water. He says they waited until the next morning to remove the cab and the driver's body because conditions were just too dangerous Tuesday night.
Anderson says the second driver was thrown from his truck and that his body was recovered in some shallow water nearby.
Hawley, meanwhile, still remembers the helpless feeling she had that night.
"We heard actually the people screaming from the bridge, 'Stop! Stop! Quit!' and we tried to yell back, 'We called for help,'" Hawley said, "But I don't know if they heard."
Anderson says one driver was seriously hurt when he was hit by a car while trying to walk down to the foot of the bridge. Two other drivers had minor injuries.
One of the deceased drivers has been identified as 49 year-old Donald Alexander of Bainbridge, Georgia. The name of the latest driver to be found has not yet been released.