The driver of a pickup found in a gully near the Lake Bridgeport spillway has been identified.
Stephen Doyle Ince, 22, of Bridgeport was pronounced dead at the scene Friday afternoon.
It is unknown how long the truck was in the gully, which is several hundred yards below the bridge on Farm Road 1658.
Trooper Patrick Alonzo said the family reported Ince missing on Wednesday night. Family members set out to look for him Friday morning.
“They were driving along the road and noticed the fence was down (on the south side of the spillway),” Alonzo said. “They looked over the bridge and saw the truck then called 911.”
Although the wreck is still under investigation, it is believed Ince was eastbound on FM 1658, when he rounded a curve, drove off the roadway, down the embankment and several hundred yards into the bottom of the spillway.
Alonzo said that the trail of debris indicates the truck landed in the gully on its top then flipped upright.
Units from Lake Bridgeport and Bridgeport fire departments as well as Wise County medics and deputies and state troopers worked for more than two hours to hoist the truck back up to the roadway.