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Girl reportedly pushed from Moulton Falls bridge

By Andy Matarrese, Columbian environment and transportation reporter
Published: August 8, 2018, 9:53pm

The sheriff’s office is investigating after someone pushed a 16-year-old girl from the bridge at Moulton Falls on Tuesday.

Clark County Fire District 13 Chief Sean Ford said ambulance crews responded to the Moulton Falls Regional Park around 2:45 p.m. Tuesday.

As often happens, he said, kids were horsing around and jumping off the bridge, and one was injured.

One person, he said, apparently flopped into the water, then was transported to a hospital for injuries he described as painful though relatively minor.

Jordan Holgerson’s mother, Genelle, told the Daily News that the 16-year-old suffered five cracked ribs and internal injuries after falling 60 feet from the bridge Tuesday.  She also hurt her esophagus and trachea and got air trapped in the lining of her lungs.

The mother says they feel lucky that the Kalama student will not have permanent injuries.

A 10-second video circulating on Facebook shows the girl standing on the bridge, outside of the railing, apparently hesitating to jump.

Suddenly, someone pushes her, sending her into the water below. A relative, Alex Jessen, said the girl, 16, suffered some broken ribs and other injuries, and was still in the hospital Wednesday.

An apparent acquaintance of the girl’s grandmother posted the video. The video was shared and viewed thousands of times before the original poster removed it.

Clark County sheriff’s Sgt. Dave Nelson said deputies were investigating what happened, and he couldn’t comment further on an active investigation.

Columbian environment and transportation reporter