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Impostor Pleads Guilty in Bridge Collapse Hoax

May 18, 2003|From Times Wire Reports

A man who claimed to be an Army captain and took charge at the scene of a deadly bridge collapse last year pleaded guilty to impersonating a military officer.

William Clark, 37, faces up to 13 years in federal prison.

In an interview with the Daily Oklahoman, Clark said he approached a roadblock May 26 minutes after the Interstate 40 bridge over the Arkansas River collapsed. The bridge was struck by two barges; 14 people died.

Clark, who kept camouflage fatigues and a beret in his car, told everyone, including the FBI and police, that he was in charge.

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