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Driver cited after big rig falls off bridge

Man suffers minor injuries in crash

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ELLENTON, Fla. – A semi-truck driver is recovering after an accident in Florida sent his big rig off a bridge and into the river below.

Investigators say the driver lost control during a thunderstorm, slammed into a brick wall and then went over the side of the bridge and into the Manatee River in Elleton.

The driver did manage to get out of the truck and was picked up by a passing boat.

The driver was treated for minor injuries and cited by the Florida Highway Patrol for reckless driving.