Man escapes serious injury when truck plunges off bridge in Haughton

By Katrina Webber - email | bio

HAUGHTON, LA (KSLA) - An ArkLaTex man has lost his livelihood-but not his life-in a wreck that involved his truck running off a bridge in Haughton Friday morning.

Bruce Crank told KSLA News 12 he believes the truck blew a tire and that's what caused his rig to go out of control on a bridge along Highway 80.  It smashed through a cement and metal guard rail and plunged into a bayou below.

Crank was able to climb out of the wreckage and through the truck's smashed windshield.  He suffered only a minor gash on his head.

"The motor is laying under the bridge," he said.  "I thought, 'How am I going to pay for this?'."

Crank said he's self employed, the operator of a Bayou Septic Tank.  The truck was his only company vehicle.

"I just hope I don't go bankrupt while I get that fixed," he said, pointing to the wreckage.  "My wife is going to have a heart attack!"

He said while money is a concern, he's grateful he wasn't seriously hurt.