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Swinging BridgeMountain View. Swinging Bridge is located in Mountain View.
Rescue crews, who used chain saws and cranes to remove the tangled remains of the year-old bridge as darkness fell, found the bodies of three of the dead around 9 p.
There were 30 to 50 people on the popular bridge, including members of a church group in nearby Prim for their annual meeting and a Boy Scout troop, when the accident occurred around p. Some of the people rocked the span, Milligan said.
It was pure terror. Arms were flailing.
People were panicking. Everyone was trying to save themselves. Williams and Carlton were found first.
The other three bodies were found in the wreckage. Eighteen people were taken to Cleburne County Memorial Hospital in Heber Springs, which is five miles northwest of the bridge, said hospital administrator George Fray. Nine people were hospitalized, including three who were transferred to a hospital in Little Rock nearly 60 miles to the southeast and three who went to a hospital in Searcy nearly 20 miles southeast of Heber Springs, Fray said.
The remaining nine were treated and released. Ambulances from three neighboring counties helped take the injured to hospitals, said county dispatcher Gary Hooten.
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None of the people fishing in boats near the bridge were hurt, Milligan said. An estimated to people were taking part in the rescue effort, said county jailer Travis Moss. Two large cranes were set up on opposite sides of the river. Cranes were brought to lift the wreckage of the bridge and determine if anyone was underneath, White said.
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Bill Clinton dispatched a National Guard company based in Heber Springs that is equipped with a large crane, said his press secretary, Mike Gauldin. A state Forestry Commission bulldozer was brought there, and another was on the way.
The bridge sits in a popular recreational area. The bridge was built inMilligan said.
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