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Victim's name released in Blackwater Bridge pileup
And we are learning more about that deadly 17 vehicle accident on the Blackwater River Bridge on I-10 Tuesday.
The bodies of two people have been found, both had been missing since the crash. Channel Three's Joe Douglass spoke with a firefighter and a woman who witnessed the accident.
From where I'm standing, you can see a black mark on the bridge right where a witness says she saw the cab of a truck plummet into the water.
Jamie Hawley, lives near bridge: "It was a shadow because all the lights were out but I actually saw a shadow falling off the bridge."
Jamie Hawley was sitting in a car outside her home with her husband when she heard the crash.
Jamie Hawley, lives near bridge: "We were in the car because the electricity was out 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 Chief Nick Anderson, Bagdad Fire Rescue.
Bagdad Fire Chief Nick 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.' 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.