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Bridge at Florida-Georgia line collapses, sends cars airborne

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Posted at 2:22 PM, Aug 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-21 14:22:49-04

Authorities say the bridge on Hutchinson Ferry Road in Quincy collapsed, sending two drivers to the hospital Wednesday morning.

The Decatur County Sheriff's office and Decatur County Fire Rescue says that the bridge on Hutchinson Ferry Road at the Florida-Georgia Line in Quincy has collapsed, prompting a road closure.

They say all local traffic has been detoured and rerouted due to the collapse.

According to the Florida Highway Patrol, two different cars went airborne over the collapse around 5:10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

FHP says the two vehicles were traveling south on Hutchinson Ferry Road just south of Lewis Lane.

The first vehicle, a Chevy Silverado, became airborne over a gap in the road caused by a collapsed bridge on Hutchinson Ferry Road. When the truck hit the road, troopers say it overturned onto it's roof before coming to a final stop.

Approximately 30 minutes later, FHP says a Ford Taurus also flew over the gap in the road. As a result, the front of the Ford Taurus was damaged, along with the undercarriage.

The family of the first driver says he was hospitalized with serious injuries and is awaiting surgery. FHP says the person who was driving the second car was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare with minor injuries.

As of 12 p.m., crews were on scene evaluating the damage and lowering boats into the water below the collapse.

Deputies are asking everyone traveling in that area keep your eyes open and watch for road hazards.