Man killed when boat strikes bridge column, throws him into lake, Alabama officials say

Published 5:42 pm Saturday, August 12, 2023

A man was killed early Saturday when his boat ran into a bridge support column, throwing the man into the water, Alabama law enforcement officials said.

The marine-related incident involve a single-vessel in the early morning hours of Saturday, and claimed the life of a Luka, Mississippi, man.

Ricky D. Rodgers, 63, was fatally injured when the aluminum fishing vessel he was operating struck a support column on the Second Creek Bridge.

Rodgers was not wearing a personal flotation device (PFD) at the time of the crash, was ejected and pronounced deceased at the scene.

The crash occurred on Pickwick Lake entering Second Creek near the Waterloo area in Lauderdale County.