ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A two-vehicle accident in which a man exited his vehicle and stripped off his clothes afterward closed the Bridge of Lions for hours Wednesday afternoon.
The bridge reopened around 5 p.m. The accident happened after a man drove his truck drove over the bridge while it was still closed, crashing through two sets of gates, two wooden and two metal, according to Sgt. Brian Frasca of the St. Augustine Police Department.
SLIDESHOW: Man strips after accident on St. Augustine's Bridge of Lions
The hood of his truck went up, causing him to not be able to see where he was going. He then drove into the wrong lane of traffic and hit another car, causing him to flip his vehicle on its passenger's side, Frasca said.
Bystanders said the driver of the truck ran from the scene and removed his clothes, according to Lt. Bob Snell with St. Johns County Fire Rescue.
The man was later spotted at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument. When the suspect jumped over the railing, he fell 14 feet and bumped his head.
While trying to apprehend the suspect, one officer went to get medical attention because while the suspect struggled with officers, they fell down the stairs, Frasca said.
SJCFR paramedics treated him at the scene and determined him to be trauma alert and the man was transported to Shands Jacksonville, Snell said.
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