Truck crashes though I-20 bridge

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Richmond County sheriff's deputies were on the scene this morning after an 18-wheeler crashed through the rail on the I-20 bridge and crashed into the water of the Augusta Canal. The vehicle was pulled from the water, but a search for the driver followed.

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A boat checks the canal while traffic continues overhead.

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The truck cab that crashed Thursday morning is pulled from the canal water by a wrecker.

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Richmond County sheriff's deputies check the water from the canal bridge.

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A diver searches the canal water for the driver of the truck.

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A diver searches the canal water for the driver of the truck.

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A diver searches the canal water for the driver of the truck.

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A diver searches the canal water for the driver of the truck.

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Searchers check the canal water for the driver of the truck.

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Deputies watch while the search continues.

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Deputies watch while the search continued.

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A diver searches the canal water for the driver of the truck.

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A diver searches the canal water for the driver of the truck.

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A diver searches the canal water for the driver of the truck.

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A diver talks to those on bank.

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Police officers and other workers look at out the Augusta Canal near the broken railing on Interstate 20 bridge just past exit 200. A tractor-trailer drove off the canal bridge Thursday morning.

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Police officers and workers stand at the scene where a truck drove off the canal bridge Thursday.

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Traffic backs up on Interstate 20 eastbound after the a lane is closed while police officers and other workers work the scene of a wreck on the Augusta Canal bridg just past exit 200. A tractor-trailer drove off the canal bridge Thursday morning.

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Police officers and other workers look at out the Augusta Canal near the broken railing on Interstate 20 bridge just past exit 200. A tractor-trailer drove off the canal bridge Thursday morning.

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Officials work the scene of a wreck on Interstate 20 Thursday morning. A tractor-trailer drove off the Augusta Canal bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team scans the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge into the Augusta Canal.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team scans the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge into the Augusta Canal.

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Workers prepare to tow the truck that fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge and into the Augusta Canal.

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A member of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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A member of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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A member of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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A member of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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A member of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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A member of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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A member of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Members of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Workers secure the wreckage to a tow truck after the truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge into the Augusta Canal.

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A member of the Augusta Richmond County Dive Team searches the water of the Augusta Canal after a truck fell off the Interstate 20 eastbound bridge.

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Description

Authorities recovered the body of a truck driver who lost control of his 18-wheeler while crossing the Augusta Canal’s Interstate 20 bridge near the Georgia-South Carolina state line.

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