COVINGTON, Ky. - Dramatic video obtained by WCPO, our Scripps station in Cincinnati, shows a car falling from the top deck of a northern Kentucky bridge to the lower deck after a semi swerved across all lanes of the roadway.
The video recorded Saturday afternoon from the Brent Spence Bridge that crosses the Ohio River shows a semi sharply turn to its left across all of the southbound lanes of the bridge, forcing a sedan off the bridge with April McDonald, her fiancé Jarrett Holifield, and her dad inside. Covington police say the semi swerved to avoid another accident.
The vehicle fell onto the lower deck and into the northbound I-71/75 lanes near the Fifth Street exit in Covington.
WATCH video of the crash in the player above.
There were no life-threatening injuries in the crash that involved eight vehicles and shut the bridge down for several hours.
"It's a blessing," McDonald told WCPO's John Genovese four days later. "I'm just glad we made it out."
Holifield said a witness to the crash came to their aid, breaking a window to get him out before he was able to help get McDonald out.
"I closed my eyes and I just opened them when we were already on the other bridge," McDonald said.
The couple was relaxing at home reunited with their young son Wednesday night. McDonald sustained a fractured pelvis and needed three stitches on her leg, while Holifield sustained only minor injuries.
"I'm just happy I can be here for my son and be here for his mom," Holifield said.
McDonald and Holifield are set to be married early in 2015.
Six people in total were transported from the crash to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries.
The Covington Police Traffic Unit is handling the investigation.
A view of the crash that closed I-75 at the Brent Spence Bridge from the nearby Radisson Totel. Photo courtesy Courtney Thornton.