After a train derailment in Moncks Corner Monday that left a train in pieces and collapsed a bridge, authorities told us the most shocking news of all, someone accelerated over the 15-20 foot gap where the bridge had collapsed.
If you're accelerating due to gravity, a rate of 32 feet per second, engineer Woody Poplin says, "If he doesn't drop and enough for the front and to make contact with the other side and he can damage truck and still get over it."
Without all sides of the equation known because investigators are still working the area, Poplin says to Goodyear's skeptics, "It doesn't have to be incorrect, you can clear the street on the right circumstances, sure. Nothing seems unbelievable about it to me but I don't have all the details."
Berkeley County emergency responder Bill Salisbury described the stunt as something from the Dukes of Hazard. He said the man, Jason Goodyear, saw the gap moments after the train accident, and in a split second decision "put his foot to the floor." Goodyear's 2011 Chevy pickup accelerated over at least 15 feet of air before landing in a ditch on the other side of the gap.