Driver charged in Sixth Street bridge wreck

Aiken man, 25, out of hospital

Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 8:39 AM
Last updated 10:26 PM
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The driver of a truck that crashed on the Sixth Street train trestle bridge Friday morning has been released from the hospital and charged in connection with the incident.

James Ryan Anderson, 25, of Spyglass Drive in Aiken, has been charged with driving under the influence, failure to maintain lane, trespass on the railroad and too fast for conditions.

Authorities discovered the Ford F150 dangling from the trestle bridge around 5:30 a.m. Friday when a train approached the crash from the rear. Officers said Anderson attempted to drive across the bridge from Georgia to South Carolina but crashed into a beam.

The vehicle belonged to a passenger, identified as 37-year-old Todd Anderson, of Blue Tick Drive in Aiken.

Both men were transported to Medical College of Georgia Hospital with injuries.

A spokeswoman at the hospital said Monday morning that James Anderson had been released but information was not available on Todd Anderson.

The bridge was reopened to trains about 4 a.m. Saturday.

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David Parker
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David Parker 01/24/12 - 10:03 am
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charged for driving too fast

charged for driving too fast for conditions?

what speeds are appropriate for the condition of being on a train tressle and not driving a train?

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RoadkiII 01/24/12 - 10:14 am
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That's what I was wondering

That's what I was wondering David Parker!

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 01/24/12 - 10:28 am
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I have a feeling that's only

I have a feeling that's only the beginning!!

saltine
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saltine 01/24/12 - 10:33 am
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Glad that "All MY Rowdy

Glad that "All MY Rowdy Friends Have Settled Down"

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 01/24/12 - 10:39 am
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Too fast for conditions is a

Too fast for conditions is a bogus catch-all for when they can't find anything else. You can get that if an officer "thinks" you were speeding but couldn't clock you. I suppose there are legitimate uses of it, but the one time I got a ticket for it, it was 100% bogus.

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follower 01/24/12 - 11:29 am
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Hey, if they can think of

Hey, if they can think of anything else for these clowns, charge em.
ie; breathing while being stupid; attempting to think; ..........

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/24/12 - 11:53 am
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Can we deport them back to
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Can we deport them back to South Carolina?

Perhaps we need to start issuing visas for transit across the Savannah River.

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 01/24/12 - 12:00 pm
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AC, FYI. These 2 are NOT

AC,
FYI. These 2 are NOT brothers and the truck belonged to passenger.

fftaz71
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fftaz71 01/24/12 - 12:10 pm
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RE: Driving too fast for

RE: Driving too fast for conditions..isnt there a speed limit on the trestle?? Oh wait..thats for the trains.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 01/24/12 - 12:23 pm
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DawgnSC69, Thanks for the

DawgnSC69, Thanks for the tip; we'll check on it. We got that information from the Sheriff's Office. They have not given us any information about the owner of the truck. You can also email Bianca if you'd like. bianca.cain@augustachronicle.com

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 01/24/12 - 01:05 pm
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Good call DawgnSC69. One's 37
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Good call DawgnSC69. One's 37 and the other is 25.

With that age difference and the fact that they're from South Carolina, I had 'em picked as father and son.

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rocketserve 01/24/12 - 01:25 pm
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Why verify anything when the
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Why verify anything when the RCSD tells you something, we all know they will not withhold information or give out the wrong information.

Frank I
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Frank I 01/24/12 - 01:31 pm
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I guess "failure to maintain

I guess "failure to maintain lane" was a gimme...

especially considering it was previously reported that the driver thought he was on Gordon Hwy...

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 01/24/12 - 03:14 pm
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Bianca just told me that the

Bianca just told me that the investigating officer is off today. They said the truck does belong to the passenger though. We'll probably have to write around it for now and verify any relationship between the two Andersons tomorrow.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 01/24/12 - 03:47 pm
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Or you could go pester them

Or you could go pester them at home during their recuperation and humiliation like the TV reporters do.

:-)

DawgnSC69
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DawgnSC69 01/25/12 - 08:19 am
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Sean, I know for a fact they

Sean,
I know for a fact they are not brothers.

Casting_Fool
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Casting_Fool 01/25/12 - 09:25 am
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I'm still wondering about the

I'm still wondering about the pool of blood:

"... officers discovered a pool of blood outside one of the rear doors."

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rx7turbo 01/25/12 - 09:46 am
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Sorry, but the truck wasn't

Sorry, but the truck wasn't "dangling from the trestle bridge" until after the bungled attempt to remove it.

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draksig 01/25/12 - 04:41 pm
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Driving too fast for

Driving too fast for conditions is usually used by LE when you are obeying the speed laws but the officer feels you should not have been driving so fast. For example, doing 55 in a 55 under extreme weather conditions with limited visability.

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