Survivor of California bridge collapse recounts tough rescue

Aug 2, 2015 5:48 PM by Ross Field

DESERT CENTER, Calif. (AP) - The man whose truck crashed when a torrent of gushing floodwater collapsed a Southern California bridge says he doubted he'd survive as rescuers struggled to free him and asphalt fell from overhead.

Forty-three-year-old Bryon Castor and a friend were driving in a 2004 Chevy Silverado on Interstate 10 when they crashed into the collapsed Tex Wash Bridge, crushing the vehicle and leaving them dangling over the edge.

Castor broke his kneecaps, two ribs and suffered lacerations to his liver. His friend Scott Meyn fractured his sternum.

Meyn was able to wiggle himself free but Castor was stuck as floodwater rushed in.

Castor told The Desert Sun he prayed and asked Meyn to look over his children.

After more than three hours, rescuers freed him from the vehicle.

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