Friday, December 13, 2002

Fuel-oil tanker collapses bridge

[photo] Fuel-oil truck driver Rick McAlister climbs from the cab of his truck.
(Patrick Reddy photos)
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The Cincinnati Enquirer

RYLAND HEIGHTS - Rick McAlister, a fuel-oil truck driver, was rescued Thursday evening from his cab when a wooden bridge collapsed, tossing his tanker carrying 500 gallons of fuel oil into a creek.

Mr. McAlister, 39, of Dayton, Ky., who was making a delivery to a house in the 8700 block of Decoursey Pike, declined medical treatment.

Rescue crews used a harness to help Mr. McAlister from the truck cab.

Mr. McAlister was trapped in the truck for about an hour. "I heard a pop," he said, as his truck crossed the bridge over a creek leading to the house. "I was scared."

"It sounded like a gun going off and and it just tipped over," said Mr. McAllister. The bridge is in Ryland Heights, just outside Taylor Mill.

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