I-35 Bridge Collapse in Salado, Texas: Victim Identified

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The I-35 bridge collapse in Salado, Texas on Thursday claimed the life of one person and injured three others. The fatality has been identified as 32-year-old Clark Brandon Davis of Arlington, Texas.

The Texas Department of Transportation is reporting that an oversized tractor trailer hit one of the bridge supports, causing the I-35 bridge to collapse. Several beams fell into the roadway.

Vivian Rush lives near the I-35 bridge collapse site.

“I drive back and forth under that bridge all the time, and it could be anybody, you know. It’s potluck,” she said during an interview with TWCNews.com. “It’s dangerous when you’ve got, you know, big trucks on your side or in front of you or whatever, and you’re passing a truck or something like that when there’s a curve and you can barely see the lines on the road. There’s always crashes here.”

It's heartbreaking to think that Clark Davis was likely in the wrong place at the wrong time during the I-35 bridge collapse, and that he died as a result. Mr. Davis leaves behind a girlfriend and a seven-year-old daughter.

The highway adjacent to the I-35 bridge collapse was closed for approximately 18 hours, with all roads reopening late on Friday.

Kimberly Ripley

Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and ‘Nana’ to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.