Person jumps from I-205 Bridge

By Patty Hastings, Columbian Social Services, Demographics, Faith



A female jumped from the Interstate 205 Bridge on Wednesday night and was hospitalized after emergency responders pulled her from the Columbia River.

Motorists called 911 at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday after seeing a car parked on the right shoulder of the southbound lanes near the Washington side of the bridge, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn. The callers said a female was sitting on the edge of the bridge with her feet dangling over. ?Many people pulled over to the shoulder to try to help her, Finn said.

Five minutes after the first 911 call, she jumped. Troopers arrived at 7:59 p.m. and saw her unresponsive in the water below. She was pulled from the river about 12 minutes later by emergency responders and transported to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland, Finn said. She “still had signs of life,” he said, though her condition was not known Wednesday night. ?The State Patrol did not disclose whether the female was a woman or a teen. Troopers remained on scene Wednesday night to investigate the incident.

Health officials have advised that those with suicidal thoughts call the 24-hour Clark County Crisis Line at 360-696-9560 to speak to a mental health consultant.

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