Three vehicles were involved in the accident about 2:15 p.m., including one carrying a 2-year-old boy, who was in a car seat, two women, and a man, reports Jacksonville.com. None of the adults were wearing seat belts.
A pickup truck was in the right lane at the western base of the Buckman Bridge when the driver began to move left but did not see a car, which went to the left and struck the right side of an SUV. The SUV driven by a woman went out of control and overturned several times, ejecting the two passengers.
One of the 23-year-old women passengers was thrown onto the highway and seriously injured. But a 22-year-old man was thrown into the water.
“We were probably 15, 20 cars back,” the 30-year-old Jacksonville plumber said. “I saw the commotion; smoke, sparks, and it was pretty rough.”
Another by-stander said that a 26-foot extension ladder from the plumber’s work truck was needed. Then the two men hoisted the ladder over the side and let it slide its full length to the water.
The man was out of the water before rescue workers arrived. The drivers of the second and third vehicles did not have life-threatening injuries.