Woman dies, man lives after leap off New York bridge

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 12, 2011 3:59 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Two people leaped off New York's Tappan Zee Bridge on Tuesday and the fall left the woman dead and the man critically injured, police said.

Witnesses, including construction workers beneath the bridge that spans the Hudson River 25 miles north of New York City, saw the man and woman stop their car in the middle of the bridge on Tuesday morning.

They then climbed onto the car's hood to get over a barrier on the bridge's side and jumped, New York State Trooper Glen Williams said.

The workers managed to pull both of them from the water, he said. The woman died a short time later.

"She was alive at the scene before succumbing to her injuries," he said.

The man was taken to a nearby hospital in critical condition.

The relationship between the man, 44, and woman, 29, was not immediately known and they do not share a surname, according to identification they had with them. Police declined to release their names as they were still trying to contact relatives.

The New York State Thruway Authority, which operates the bridge, referred all questions about the incident to the state police.

The authority raised the height of the bridge's barriers to make it harder for people to jump or fall, said R.W. Groneman, an authority spokesman. There are also telephones placed along the bridge that connect with suicide-prevention counselors.

(By Jonathan Allen; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst, Barbara Goldberg and Greg McCune)