Truck driver feared for life after wreck left him dangling off I-40 bridge
The driver of a tractor-trailer that was left dangling over the edge of the Interstate 40 in downtown after a wreck Friday said he feels lucky to be alive.
An Oklahoma City man who was trapped in his tractor-trailer rig for an hour as it hung over the edge of the Interstate 40 bridge downtown following a wreck said Monday he was terrified as emergency personnel worked to free him.
Russell Bentley, 40, was hauling a load of gravel in the middle lane of I-40 westbound as it passes through downtown Oklahoma City when a pickup towing a trailer swerved in front of him.
“The exit for I-35 south started backing up a little bit, and that pickup jumped right out in front of me,” Bentley said. “I hit the trailer, it blew out one of my tires and I went into the concrete barrier.”
Bentley, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown into the sleeper compartment of the
“I looked out the passenger window, and there was a 100-foot drop to the ground,” Bentley said. “I saw my hard hat down there, and I freaked out. There were a lot of cuss words going through my mind.”
His immediate reaction was to escape, but that wasn't possible.
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