Bridge collapse traps drivers in sinkhole

GREER, S.C. (CNN/WSPA) — A Greer man feels lucky to be alive after being trapped in a car on a collapsed bridge. It happened Saturday night on Memorial Drive Extension during torrential rains, which caused a culvert under a bridge to overflow and weaken the ground under the road.

The road collapsed, causing two cars to fall into a hole. Larry Cooper says he doesn’t know why or how he survived.

“You couldn’t see nothing. It was dark. The road was just not there no more,” said Cooper. “Me and another car are stuck in a darn hole in the bridge, and there’s a lady next to me in the car beside me screaming, ‘Call an ambulance!’ I don’t know how bad she’s hurt.”

Cooper says the other car had three people inside. One of those passengers had to be rescued further downstream, but Cooper walked away with cuts and bruises.

The South Carolina Department of Transportation reports the pipe that pushed the stream under the road gave way because too much water was rushing through it at the time.

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