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Driver plunges off bridge

An Andalusia man escaped life-threatening injuries Thursday evening when his car crashed through a bridge spanning the Conecuh River on U.S. 41 in the Riverview community.

Alabama State Troopers said James Leon Peavy, 45, of Andalusia, was involved in a single-vehicle accident reported at 6:25 p.m. Thursday. Emergency and cleanup crews remained on the scene for several hours.

He was charged with driving under the influence, Trooper John Reese said.

East Brewton Police Chief Kenny Brazil said officers with his department responded to the call quickly.

“We were the first on the scene of the accident,” Brazil said. “Since the accident was out of our jurisdiction we secured the scene and turned command over to Escambia County Sheriff’s and Alabama State Trooper officials.”

Peavy was driving a 1993 Pontiac Grand Prix when he drove off the bridge, troopers said. He was transported to D.W. McMillan Hospital to be treated for a broken back. He remained a patient at D.W. McMillan as of Friday, troopers said.