Hahner finally back in the game

About 5:45 a.m. this morning, I heard the unmistakable sound of a vehicle crash coming from the state Route 187 bridge that crosses Lake Hartwell, and within view of Green Pond Landing. 

Minutes later, you could see nothing but solid headlights and brake lights, all of the vehicles at a standstill. Among those was Cody Hahner, the only angler not at the ramp. He was stuck in the middle of the bridge, with no way to turn around.

Andy Crawford just called me to report that just now — at 9:50 a.m. — Hahner had picked up his co-angler and was headed out. The accident with injuries required investigations from law enforcement, along with the cleanup. 

Hahner, of Wisconsin, led on Day 1 and was 11th in the standings as of Thursday.