Sixth Street railroad bridge reopens after beam is damaged in crash

Brothers recovering in hospital

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012 4:21 PM
Last updated Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 5:51 PM
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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.

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Workers tried to dislodge a pickup that became wedged on the Sixth Street railroad bridge Friday. The downtown bridge was reopened about 4 a.m. Saturday.  ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
ZACH BOYDEN-HOLMES/STAFF
Workers tried to dislodge a pickup that became wedged on the Sixth Street railroad bridge Friday. The downtown bridge was reopened about 4 a.m. Saturday.


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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augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 01/21/12 - 07:42 pm
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"Life is hard, it's harder if

"Life is hard, it's harder if you're stupid." John Wayne

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/21/12 - 09:37 pm
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They were doing 60mph over
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They were doing 60mph over that railroad bridge?

Hooo-doggie!! No wonder they're still in hospital. Those boys are really lucky to be alive.

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dichotomy 01/21/12 - 11:59 pm
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The judge should make both of

The judge should make both of them go out there every night.......for about the next 5 years, one at each end of the bridge, and stand guard duty to make sure no vehicles drive onto the railroad bridge.

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