Police say some questions concerning wreck into Slocum Creek may never be answered

Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 02:37 PM.

“I think everyone here, particular those of us who were first on scene, with Lt. Woods going into the water and the other three gentlemen who went into the water, it has really impacted us and our hearts go out to the family members of Miss Queen and to her close friends and relatives and those who knew her,” Cyrus said. “It was just a tragedy. We’re feeling some of the same things as the family and friends and relatives.”

Queen was heading east on the service road in front of the Hampton Inn shortly before 3 p.m. when the crash happened. As the road curves right to enter the bridge, the vehicle kept going straight, went down the embankment to the left of the bridge and into the water. There were no noticeable skid marks on the service road near where the car left the road.

Construction crews had been in the area of the crash for weeks as work to demolish the 88-year-old Church Road Bridge progresses. The bridge was permanently closed Monday, just four days after the crash.

Power poles had to be relocated and lines rerouted in anticipation of the construction of the new bridge, which will parallel U.S. 70 and connect the service roads in front of the Hampton Inn on the west side of the creek and in front of the Subway on the east side of the creek.

Though crews were in the area at the time of the crash, they were not specifically working near the crash site, and there were no lane closures.

On Monday morning, Department of Transportation worker Wesley Brazelton pulled barricades in front of the bridge, marking its official closure. Next to and on top of the side wall of the bridge were balloons, candles, flowers and messages left in honor of a life gone too young and too soon. 

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