Bull River Bridge Shut Down For Several Hours Following Wreck

Bull River Bridge Shut Down For Several Hours Following Wreck (Image 1)

Metro Police continue to investigate a wreck on US Highway 80 on the Bull River Bridge which sent several people to the hospital Saturday afternoon.  At approximately 3:55 p.m. Police say 33 year old Dustin Kinser  was heading  towards Tybee Island in a white Ford Fusion.  The car in front of Kinser slowed down for traffic that was stopped ahead.  Investigators say Kinser attempted to prevent rear ending that car and veered into oncoming traffic.  He struck a black Ford F150 head on.  55 year old Steven Sinclair was in the truck along with three other members of his family.  They were all transported to Memorial University Medical Center with what police say are non-life threatening injuries.    Kinser was trapped in his car and had to be extricated by Southside Fire and EMS.  Kinser was transported to Memorial in serious but stable condition.

Officers shut down both lanes of the bridge while first responders tended to the injured drivers, MAIT officers documented the scene, and a wrecker cleared the vehicles from the roadway. 

The collision is still under investigation by MAIT.

All lanes of US Highway East were reopened by 6:15 p.m.

Traffic re-opened on the Bull River Bridge  Saturday night a little after six following a four p-m head-on collision involving three cars that sent at least two people to the hospital.  Metro’s Major Accident Investigation Team worked with Tybee Police at the scene.  Metro Police Major Larry Branson told News 3 the driver of a black pickup truck was transported for treatment.  Authorities worked for more than an hour to free the driver of a white Ford Fusion from that car.  No word on their conditions yet.  A third driver is said to have suffered no serious injuries.  The U.S. Coast Guard was called in to deal with a leak from one of the vehicles into the river. 

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