DETROIT (WWJ) – A semi-truck driver is killed on The Mackinac Bridge after crossing over the center line–and then striking the bridge and several other vehicles in the process.
Mackinaw Bridge Authority Administrator Bob Sweeney says this is usually a peaceful bridge — but there is a lot of twisted metal after the smash up:
“He was heading south in the northbound lanes at that time — appeared to avoid a northbound vehicle and hit the rail again, and then continued south another 100 feet ..then struck another northbound vehicle … then the semi-truck came to rest on the pipe rail on the bridge,” said Sweeney.
Sweeney says that it doesn’t appear that wind speeds played a factor and that no other vehicles experienced issues driving over the bridge Friday afternoon.
It is not clear if the truck’s driver was killed by the crash or from a health issue suffered before the wreck. He says due to numerous traffic camera angles – they believe the accident was caused by operator error. The bridge was closed for several hours while the incident was investigated.