Car falls into Fort Worth riverbed; two women injured

Car falls off bridge

Credit: Jenny Doren / WFAA

Two women were injured on July 4, 2014, when the car they were riding in plunged 50 feet off a Fort Worth bridge.

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by WFAA.com

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Posted on July 4, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Updated Friday, Jul 4 at 3:30 PM

FORT WORTH -- Police in Fort Worth are trying to figure out how two women riding in a car jumped a curb, falling about 25 feet into a dried up riverbed.

The crash happened just before 5 a.m. Friday. Police say the women were about to get on a bridge in the 900 block of Northeast 28th Street when something went wrong.

News 8 is told the driver in front of them saw sparks in his rear view mirror, swung around, and spotted the crushed car below the bridge. He called 911 and emergency crews arrived within minutes.

The two women, both in their 20s, were rushed to John Peter Smith Hospital. The driver is in serious condition while the passenger has critical injuries.

Emergency crews shut down the bridge for three hours as they worked to clean up the wreckage.

Police say it's a sobering reminder on this 4th of July holiday to be extra careful behind the wheel.

"Even though we don't believe this is alcohol-related, we all know that the 4th of July is the deadliest time of the year when it comes to alcohol-related fatalities and injuries," Sgt. Raymond Bush with the Fort Worth Police Department said.

Officers don't believe speed caused this crash either, although they don't know for sure. They say fatigue could possibly be to blame.

Crews on the scene originally told News 8 that the car fell 50 feet below the bridge, but an engineer determined the distance to be about 25 feet.

E-mail: jdoren@wfaa.com

 

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