Beer truck drives off bridge into Manatee River

10:02 AM, Apr 4, 2013   |    comments
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Ellenton, Fl (WTSP) - A tractor trailer drove off Interstate 75 in Manatee County and plummeted 40 feet into the Manatee River Thursday morning.

The semi went off the Trooper J.D. Young Bridge, approaching US 301 around 4:30 a.m.

The driver, 40-year-old Kevin Dennison of Largo, was able to get out of the tractor trailer. He was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The tractor trailer was a Hofbräu München beer truck. Earlier reports indicated it had no cargo, but 10 News has learned kegs of beer were inside the trailer, and there's concern they will get loose and float all over the river.


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