COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) - Crews spent nearly 20 hours searching for a man who was knocked off the Brent Spence Bridge and into the Ohio River after a collision Friday morning.
Capt. Teal Nally with Covington Police says the incident happened around 6:50 a.m. when a Chevy Camaro ran out of gas in the right lane of southbound I-75 on the Brent Spence Bridge. The driver got out of his car to start pushing.
Meanwhile, a Chevy Suburban SUV stopped to assist the driver of the Camaro. The driver of the Camaro went to thank the driver of the Suburban when a Toyota Sienna minivan struck the Suburban. The force knocked the driver of the Camaro off the bridge and into the Ohio River, approximately an 80-foot fall.
Authorities in Kentucky and Ohio, along with the U.S. Coast Guard, are actively searching for the victim.
"We're going to call it a recovery/rescue effort. obviously there is a problem if somebody is thrown from the bridge and into the river certainly we would pray for somebody to be able to survive that but we are certainly scared for that person," said Captain Nally.
A spokesperson for the Boone County Water Rescue says they are not giving up the search until they find what they are looking for. The search was delayed for a short while, due to problems with the sonar device they were using to search. However, it has since been repaired.
Nally says the identity of the victim is unknown. He says the driver of the Camaro was not the car's owner, but the car was not reported as stolen. They think he was borrowing the car. Police are trying to contact the car's owner.
The driver of the Sienna was taken to the hospital and has since been released. Charges have not been filed at this time. The driver of the Suburban was not injured.
The incident closed at least two lanes on the southbound deck of the bridge for about three hours, backing traffic up several miles into Ohio.