Howell truck driver involved in Cincinnati I-75 bridge collapse

An overpass collapse Monday night in Cincinnati sends tons of concrete and steel crashing down on the southbound lanes of I-75.

A demolition worker was killed in the collapse and 36-year-old Eric Meyers from Howell who was driving a semi truck, smashed into the falling wreckage.

Miraculously, he only received minor injuries.

His father Dave Meyers, who returned to town Tuesday, saw the horrific images of his son's semi truck smashed on the news. 

"I thank God that he's okay," Dave said.

911 operator: "Have any vehicles been hit?"

Caller: "At least a semi and some cars. Could be some cars underneath them."

"I can to tell you the big rig driver the semi driver is very lucky," said Cincinnati Police Chief Jeffrey Blackwell. "(In a) matter of seconds, his fate would have been different as well."

As crews work to remove the debris from I-75 and consider what the potential toll might have been if that had happened during morning rush hour.

Dave said he thinks back to the conversation he dad with his son just a week ago.

"I tell him to be safe every time I talk to him," he said. 

Eric works for JB Hunt based in Arkansas. 

FOX 2 is still waiting to hear back from the transport company, but Dave Meyers says his son has been hauling shipping containers for about two years and is considered a very safe driver.

Every week when Eric hits the highway, Dave says he knows the dangers.

"Possibly losing your son," he said.

But he is more than thankful that somehow his son was spared.

A family friend told FOX 2 that he'll be okay and be back into town Wednesday.

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