Car slides off flooded Sunken Bridge

Unknown why driver drove over bridge twice

A vehicle slid off the Sunken Bridge, located on Township Road 425, on May 24, after the driver tried crossing the overflowed bridge.

A small white sedan tried to cross, with the river rushing over the deck of the bridge, but became lodged halfway off of the bridge.

The occupants of the vehicle managed to exit the vehicle before it become fully engulfed in water.

Upon investigation, it was found the driver had already crossed the bridge once and was trying to cross for a second time when the vehicle became trapped.

RCMP attended the scene and the vehicle was towed out of the river.

At their April 14 meeting, Ponoka County council determined it will leave the current sunken bridge on Range Road 263 as-is, as it would cost upwards of $140,000 to remove the current crossing made up of culverts encased in concrete.

READ MORE: Sunken bridge to stay as-is

RCMP briefs May 19 to 25

On May 19, 2020 the Ponoka RCMP responded to a complaint of two oil sites being broken into in the County of Ponoka. Fuel was taken.

On May 21, a Maskwacis member was in the Ponoka town limits and observed a Dodge Caliber with no headlights driving slowly.

The driver and passenger were observed changing seats while the vehicle was still in motion, before coming to a stop.

A 30-year old man from Maskwacis was charged with impaired driving, driving over .08, driving while uninsured, operating a motor vehicle without registration and exchanging places with a driver in a moving vehicle.

A 35-year-old female from Maskwacis was charged with the same, as well as driving while unauthorized. They are to appear in court on July 17, 2020.

If you have information on the incident on the Sunken Bridge, or any other crime, contact The Ponoka RCMP Detachment at 403-783-4472 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers. If you provide information to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest or the recovery of stolen property or the seizure of illicit drugs, you could be eligible for a cash award.

– With file from Ponoka RCMP

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