1 dead after vehicle plunges off bridge

One person is dead Sunday after a vehicle carrying three or four people plunged off the bridge leading from Bradenton to the islands. The accident occurred just after 3 a.m.

Emergency personnel sped to the scene and two passersby dove in the water to try to rescue the passengers.

Manatee County Emergency Services chief Larry Leinhauser said at 9 a.m. that one man died, one was critically injured, one was hospitalized not with life-threatening injuries and one might be missing.

Interpreters who spoke with the Hispanic passengers said they were told that there was a fourth occupant, but the passersby - and later emergency services divers - could not find a fourth. The search continues.

The vehicle was submerged in Sarasota Bay and was to be pulled out of the water sometime Sunday.