Hathaway Bridge Accident


One worker died and three others were hospitalized Wednesday morning in a construction accident on the East bound lane of the new Hathaway Bridge in Panama City Beach.

The accident happened around 6:45 a.m. when a section of scaffolding collapsed and fell about 50 feet into the water.

Four men went into the water with the scaffolding. One man who was fastened to the scaffolding with a safety harness, apparently was trapped under water. The rescuers were unable to reach him in time.

He died at the scene. He is identified as 44-year-old Alan Stockton of Panama City Beach.

Two others were rescued and taken to a local hospital for treatment. The fourth man managed to survive the fall uninjured.

Another worker, who jumped in to help rescue the trapped man, was injured and he too was taken to the hospital.