Driver cited after utility truck plunges from I-26 overpass

Utility truck plunges off I-26 overpass near Ravenel Bridge 2

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The driver of a Sumter Utilities truck that fell from the Interstate 26 overpass near the Arthur Ravenel Bridge on May 15 has been cited.

Ronald Anthony Garvin, 38, was cited for driving an unsafe vehicle.

Garvin and a passenger were extricated from their Sumter Utilities truck on Wednesday, May 15 after authorities say an unsecured lift on the vehicle struck a sign, causing it to fall to the area of Huger Street and Morrison Drive below.

Both men were transported to the Medical University of South Carolina. According to MUSC, both men were listed in "fair condition" last Thursday.

According to the South Carolina Department of Transportation, the lift on the truck wasn't secure and got caught in a metal expansion above the off-ramp. The expansions or the bars hold the transportation signs often seen on roadways. The DOT says the truck fell, pulling the expansion with it. Officials say they are anchored in concrete and it would take incredible force to pull one down.

"How much I don't know, but they are well-secured to the bridge," explains James Law with the South Carolina Department of Transportation. "They're put up keeping in mind that we get some hurricanes in the area and mighty high winds."

SCDOT officials told police there was no structural damage to the roadway.  They also said necessary repairs to the overpass would be completed quickly.

"There's a chunk of concrete missing where the abutment was, so all of that will have to be looked at by the engineers," says Law.

According to Law, the utility truck was on the Ravenel Bridge earlier in the day repairing a power line that was down.

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