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Overpass Collapse Kills Infant

September 9, 2002

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RICHLAND, Texas (AP) _ A truck driver whose rig crashed into an interstate overpass Sunday was freed almost eight hours after the structure collapsed on top of him. The man’s 19-month-old son died.

Rescuers cut away at the cab to get to the driver. Cleaster Broadway, 41, of Moro, Ark., had been communicating with sheriff’s and Department of Public Safety officials since the collapse, said Lt. Gary Myles.

Dr. Robert Kingman, a surgeon called to the accident site, said Broadway’s chest and leg were pinned by the roof of the truck.

``He was asking about his son,″ firefighter Scott Huston said.

Huston said Broadway knew his son, Courtney, was dead.

Just before 5 p.m. Broadway’s bare foot could be seen through a small opening and he was soon covered with a white sheet as workers pulled him to safety. An oxygen mask covered his mouth and nose.

As he was placed on a waiting stretcher, the group of rescuers began to clap.

``It feels great to have him out,″ Corsicana Fire Chief Donald McMullan said.

Rescuers then pulled the toddler’s body from the wreck.

Broadway was taken to a Waco hospital, where he was in stable condition Sunday night.

Southbound traffic of I-45, the main artery between Dallas and Houston, was rerouted through Richland while crews clear debris.

Richland is about 60 miles south of Dallas.

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