reportedly have determined the man piloting the towboat that
crashed into the I-40 bridge in Webbers Falls, OK, may have
had a heart ailment that can lead to unconsciousness.
Joe Dedmon reportedly may have suffered an episode of ventricular
tachycardia the morning of the collision. Cardiologists at a
Mississippi hospital where Dedmon had tests done reportedly
diagnosed the condition, which comes without warning or symptoms.
The condition causes the heart to beat too rapidly, resulting
in a loss of oxygen to the brain and a loss of consciousness.
told investigators he blacked out just before the May 26 collision
on the Arkansas River, which sent more than 500 feet of bridge
and 10 vehicles into the murky water. Fourteen people, including
a 3-year-old child, died in the accident.