Monday, April 4, 2016

Tragedy On The Bridge

Well I, Sweet William The Scot, travel the Combs-Hehl  Interstate 275  Bridge over the Ohio River often.  It is just three miles from my home and gives me easy access into Kentucky.
So I am going to report to you from the scene along the Mary Ingles Highway. 
I am standing right behind the news stations from Nati City.
I am here to report on recovery efforts to bring a car back to the surface.
During the time it has been in the murky strong current of the Ohio River it was tagged so that when divers and a crane could be brought in it would be easy to find.
It was tagged with metal dog crates ~ yes you heard that right metal dog crates because they are easy to pick up on sonar.
They are beginning to lower the crane.
Many people were involved but only one diver went down.
On March 15 there was an accident right before rush hour involving twelve cars, a chain-reaction crash that somehow propelled one car high over the cement barrier edge and through the steel structure bridge at just the wrong spot to cause it to plunge head first straight down to the bottom of the Ohio River where it landed on its hood. 
For eleven days, the vehicle sat 27 feet underwater. Strong currents and murky waters made the recovery of the car nearly impossible until Saturday March 26th.
No one reported anyone missing till the 18th.
Finally free of the river.
The river can't be flowing more than 1.5 miles an hour to safely dive.
Finally a sunny day and the river is smooth like glass.
All river traffic was halted.
When everything was in place it took 90 minutes before the car was brought to the surface by the huge crane.
The car was 90 percent full of silt and sand. 
The body of one victim was inside the vehicle his death has been ruled accidental.
The body was identified by dental records on Easter Day.
Finally almost resting on the barge.
This is a terribly sad story but we wanted to show you the great recovery work that is done on the Ohio River when accidents of all types occur.
And I, Sweet William The Scot, wanted to tell you they used dog crates to keep track of where things move on the bottom of the Ohio.
We were thankful for the beauty of the hillside driving home.

 Thanks for being a friend
Traveling down the road and back again
Your heart is true and your a friend of  mine

Signing Off 
Sweet William The Scot


  1. Oh how very sad :( Glad they recovered the car.

    Bell Fur Zoo

  2. Very sad but great recovery by those peeps
    What a beautiful photo of the hillside
    Am I a bit late to notice you've changed your page 'cos I luffs it
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

    1. No you are not late, I changed my background after Easter. I never could find Scottish Terrier backgrounds, pins, banners, buttons, gifs so I said to Lee darn design something yourself. So it has kind of turned into a small business for non friends. Friends I don't want to charge and takes up to much time. I have a sister site that I run.

  3. This was so sad. Our momma has a fear of driving over big bridges...not so great when you live right by the Des Moines River, and only an hour away from the Mississippi. Hugs Stella rose

  4. Oh how sad that the driver died in the car... bridges make me shiver too... specially long ones with a strong wind from the sides...

  5. Obviously, the driver had no pets. Any of us would report our peep as missing as soon as we had to skip a meal.

  6. Hari OM
    Like Kismet, I am sad that there was no report of missing person... but one has to admire all the emergency services and salvage workers! Thank you so much for diligence in repawting SWTS!!! ... that hillside is TRULY gorgeous... hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

  7. Oh my goodness what a tragedy. It must have been exciting to watch
    Lily & Edward

  8. OH MY.. it is a SAD story butt a WONDERFUL recovery... THANK YOU for showing how it was done and all that it entailed... it is VERY interesting that they use Metal Dog crates...
    We think there are a LOT of Dogs around Blogville who would be DELIGHTED to Donate THEIR CRATES to the cause.

    1. If you look close at the pictures you can still see one dog crate hanging on as it was brought to the surface. The Water Rescue people really deserve the accolades for the hard work they do.

  9. This is a sad story butt how neat they thought tue uze dog cratez tue help keep track of stuff.You haf sum purty country around u.
    Lady Shasta'n Angel Lord Shiloh of Beaglebratz Manor

  10. A tragedy indeed but the recovery was interesting. Sweet William, you need to go down to your local news and put in an application. You could be their roaming reporter.

    Aroo to you,

  11. Sweet William you are such a good reporter. Have you been signed up by a national news organisation yet? It can only be a matter of time.
    Oh and I am so pleased that someone found a good use for dog crates. You'll never find me in one of those horrid prison cages.
    Toodle pip!

  12. Why NO... we did not see your plastic patio chair... butt we DO have some new STICKS in the yard...
    AND last night on the news, WE HEARD that NATI just about blew away... We were Worried about YOU and Miss Lee until we saw your post.

  13. A very Sad story, but at least they could recover the car. Also sad that it was 3 days before the person was missing. Thank you for your fine job of reporting.

  14. So sad for the people involved...those in the car and those left behind, but fascinating recovery. Dog crates, huh? That's brilliant.

  15. Very interesting and hugs to the recovery workers. That is difficult and dangerous work. Sad that the person was not missed for 3 days.
    Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

  16. Wow...that's quite a story.

    The Florida Furkids

  17. that is a sad thing - it happens here quite frequently too - we have five bridges crossing the St JOhns river heading into down town Jacksonville and it seems like there is report every week about a car or person going over :)

    1. It so rarely happens here and for twelve cars to be involved and no one else hurt. No body involved was able to give a clear picture of what happened. To see the video of the car, which was caught on a home surveillance camera, it is unbelievable how high in the air it went.

  18. Oh, dear, so sad. What heroes those rescue workers are.
    And you got to see them in action.

    Your countryside is so pretty, and ours was starting to green up and have small areas of daffies and crocus...but now its all white fur the time being...snow, Sheesh. And we had the winds too:(

  19. What an interesting recovery for such a tragic accident. Thanks for sharing this unique story with us.

  20. Oh dears. I'm so sorry abouts the driver. Sure looks like the rescue peeps know what they're doin'. This is why 'sky bridges' freak Ma out! Butts, this looks like the suspension bridge...yikes. Nows Ma will gets all tense drivin' overs ours. {{{hugs}}} to that family.
    Ruby ♥
    pees: your hillside is most beautifuls!

  21. Ringy-Dingy-Doo...hello Sir William. Oh my what a tragedy! That must have been a terrible accident to send that car plunging off the bridge. It's interesting that they use metal dog crates to keep a location of stuff in the water. How interesting. I am glad they were finally able to pull the car from the river and give the family some closure.
    Your friend, until the end,

  22. May the victim rest in peace. I'm glad they made such a huge effort to recover both the person and the vehicle.

    Dog crate... who knew?

    Monty and Harlow

  23. What an excellent job they did... so sad about the driver and that no one reported them missing for 3 whole days...

    Lovely photo of the hillside....

  24. So very sad! Hope you are well my friend.