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Man killed in Walker County as car plunges from bridge into river below

Crews work to remove car from Warrior River (Stephen Quinn | abc3340.com)

A Jasper man was killed Monday morning in Walker County when his car veered off a bridge, crashing into the river below.

An eyewitness told Alabama State Troopers the car was traveling westbound on Interstate 22 around 1:00 a.m. when it veered into the media before crashing into the Mulberry Fork of the Warrior River. The bridge is located east of Cordova.

Authorities identified the deceased driver as 24-year-old Travis Remington. It remained unclear Monday afternoon what caused Remington's car to drift into the median of the interstate.

It would take nearly seven hours before authorities were able to locate and remove the car from the river. ALEA's dive team and helicopter were used during the search. A wrecker had to be used to lift the car from the river to the bridge above.

"Well it's very complicated, and then the company that did that as well as all of our wrecker services were very professional and that is science and it's something that takes a lot of skill and a lot of practice to be able to do and I'm glad to see that they were able to do it successfully," said Trooper Johnathan Appling.

The eastbound lanes of Interstate 22 were closed for nearly an hour as the car was lifted out of the water. State Troopers on the scene said traffic was backed up to Cordova.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Story updated at 1:19 p.m. to include the name of the driver.

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