Imposter at bridge collapse turned over to U.S. authorities

Thursday, June 20th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Toronto-AP) -- A man accused of impersonating a military officer was turned over Wednesday to US authorities at Niagara Falls, New York.

Police say 36-year-old William Clark tried to take control of rescue efforts after a deadly bridge collapse in Oklahoma.

The Missouri resident was arrested in Canada last week as he waited in Tobermory, Ontario, about 180 miles northwest of Toronto.

He pleaded guilty to a weapons charge Monday and was deported on Wednesday.

Clark showed up at Webbers Falls, Oklahoma, on May 26, within two hours of the bridge collapse over the Arkansas River. A barge struck the bridge, and 14 people died in the accident.

Police say Clark claimed he was a captain with US Army Special Forces. He is accused of getting free food, lodging and transportation by impersonating a military officer.