City woman falls from bridge into East Creek
By Darren Marcy
Staff Writer | March 20,2014
Darren Marcy / Staff Photo
Rescue workers pull a 20-year-old woman up a snow bank after she fell from a bridge into East Creek in Rutland on Wednesday night.
A Rutland City woman appears to have escaped major injuries after rescue workers pulled her out of the icy East Creek below the State Street bridge from which she fell about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday.
Rutland City Police Cpl. Ken Mosher said he couldn’t release a name, but the woman lived in the area.
She fell an estimated 30 feet, landing in shallow water along the creek’s edge.
“We have a 20-year-old female who apparently had fallen from the bridge,” Mosher said. “It seems to be a tragic accident at this time.”
Mosher said she was still being evaluated late Wednesday night at Rutland Regional Medical Center where she was taken by ambulance, but she appeared to have suffered no serious injuries.
Several witnesses at the scene said she was seen either straddling the rail or up on the rail. But there is no indication she jumped intentionally, Mosher said. It was snowing at the time of the incident.
Michael Jones didn’t see her go over, but said he had just walked by her on the bridge and was the first person to reach the woman. “I walked by her and she was standing on the bridge,” Jones said. “I turned around and she was gone.”
Jones said he ran over and saw her face down in the water below so he went to the end of the bridge and down the steep slope to the water.
“She grabbed my hand,” Jones said. “She said, ‘Don’t let me die.’”
She was having a hard time talking, Jones said, but she told him she couldn’t move and was cold.
“She was moaning and kept going in and out,” Jones said. “I put my shirt under her head to keep her from drowning.”
As a crowd gathered on the bridge above to watch the rescue, firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians helped the woman on the edge of the water.
Lt. Robert Miles of the Rutland Fire Department said the call went smoothly.
Miles said firefighters used a rope for safety and helped carry the woman up after she had been placed on a backboard.
“It went very smooth,” Miles said. “My guys worked very well together.”