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18-wheeler driver parks rig on I-10 Colorado River Bridge & jumps 60 feet to water below
June 21, 2018
BLYTHE, Calif – On Tuesday, June 19 at 4:01 p.m., the Blythe Police Department received a 911 call reporting a man had just jumped off the I‑10 Bridge into the Colorado River. The caller reported the man appeared to be unconscious after hitting the water and was floating down river, face down.
Blythe Police Officers responded along with members of the Police Marine Bureau. AMR Ambulance and Blythe Fire Department were also requested to respond and stand-by at The Cove R.V. Park.
When officers arrived initially, they were able to flag down a man fishing nearby on his a boat. The fisherman motored the officer out to the place where they were able to rescue the semi-conscious man from the water.
The man, a 50-year-old from Turlock, was taken to the Cove R.V. Park’s lagoon area for treatment by AMR.
Due to the height of the fall Paramedics decided he needed to be flown by helicopter to Desert Hospital for treatment. AMR transported the subject to Blythe Airport where he was transferred to the helicopter.
During the investigation Blythe Police spoke to several witnesses who had seen the man jump from the bridge. Police determined that he had been driving an 18-wheeler westbound on I-10. For unknown reasons he parked his truck on the I-10 Bridge on the Arizona half, partially blocking the #2 lane. He then walked to the California side of the bridge and jumped off the south side into the river. Police estimated the fall to be about 60 feet to the river below.
Blythe Police responded and located the 18-wheeler and conducted traffic control until the arrival of Arizona Department of Public Safety. The big rig was then turned over to D.P.S. for removal.
Police learned later that the male was in good physical condition and did not sustain any major injuries from the fall. The reason the man jumped from the bridge is still under investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case, or any other crime, is urged to contact Blythe Police Department at 922-6111, or they can give their information anonymously by calling Crime Stop at 921-CARE (2273) or by E-Mail.
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