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Man survives tractor trailer fall into Wateree River
Tractor Trailer
Joe Stroman, 60, of Batesburg, clings to the upended side of his tractor trailer cab after smashing through a concrete barrier on the I-20 westbound bridge over the Wateree River causing his rig to fall into the water below around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. A boat manned by the Camden-Kershaw County Rescue Squad picked him up a short time later. The S.C. Highway Patrol charged Stroman -- who was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening lacerations -- with driving too fast for conditions. - photo by Photo provided by John Isgett
A 60-year-old Batesburg man managed to survive after his tractor-trailer crashed through a concrete barrier on the westbound I-20 bridge over the Wateree River and fell dozens of feet to the water below. According to S.C. Highway Patrol (SCHP) spokesman Lance Cpl. Matt Southern, the accident took place around 12:30 p.m. Sunday during a torrential thunderstorm. Southern said Joe Stroman was trying to pass another vehicle when the tractor-trailer fishtailed, hitting the right lane bridge barrier and then traveling back across the left lane to smash through the left barrier and falling over into the river.