Sixth Street railroad bridge reopens after beam is damaged in crash

Brothers recovering in hospital

Two brothers are on their way to recovery and the Sixth Street railroad bridge has been reopened after an Aiken man drove his pickup onto it and crashed into a trestle beam Friday morning.

A spokesperson for Med­ical College of Geor­gia Hospital said James Ryan An­derson, 25, had been upgraded from critical to fair condition and his brother and passenger Todd Anderson, 37, was also fair.

Susan Terpay, a spokeswoman for Norfolk Southern, said the bridge was reopened about 4 a.m. Saturday and was running normally after it had been shut down because Anderson’s truck damaged a trestle beam.

The truck’s transmission jammed during the crash and the speedometer was stuck on 60 mph, which is a good estimate of the speed, Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Randy Prickett said. There were beer cans strewn over the ground and deputies said they believe alcohol was a contributing factor in the crash.

The brothers were interviewed at the scene, but neither remembered where they were coming from or where they were going, Prickett said.

There was also a pool of blood outside one of the rear doors and investigators were trying to determine whether a backseat passenger had fled the scene.

The driver faces traffic charges when he is released into custody from the hospital, but the exact charges were not readily available.

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