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Barge pilot slept little in days before deadly bridge crash
WEBBERS FALLS, Okla. -- The towboat pilot whose barge struck an interstate highway bridge, killing 14 people, had slept a total of less than 10 hours in the two days before the accident, a federal investigator said Thursday. But investigator Ken Suydam said the National Transportation Safety Board has not concluded that lack of sleep contributed to the crash Sunday morning.
A barge that was being pushed by the towboat hit the Interstate 40 bridge over the Arkansas River and knocked out a 500-foot section of the span, sending several vehicles into the water. The towboat captain, Joe Dedmon, told authorities he blacked out just before the crash.
Dedmon slept a total of just 9 1/2 hours after waking Friday afternoon. That included six hours the night before the crash.