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1 March 2024: Louisville, Kentucky

A March 1 crash on the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge that connects southern Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky, prompted a dramatic rescue as a Louisville firefighter rappelled off the bridge to rescue the driver of the tractor-trailer as it dangled over the river. The trailer ended up between the bridge’s girders, balanced on the edge with the cab hanging over the water, and there was constant fear during the rescue that the truck could shift at any moment, Louisville Fire Chief Brian O’Neill said at a press conference after the rescue. The semitruck driver was rescued unharmed, but three other vehicles were involved and two people were taken to the hospital, Louisville Metro Police said. “We’ve certainly done some crazy things but this tops it so far.” Firefighters said the driver was pulled from the truck and back safely on the bridge using ropes and ladders.