Woman who ended up dangling from Fort Lauderdale bridge was trespassing

Fort Lauderdale firefighters rescued a woman who was dangling from a New River railroad bridge after it began opening as she crossed it, a city spokesman said.  (Photo Courtesy Gabriella Evans via Twitter)
Fort Lauderdale firefighters rescued a woman who was dangling from a New River railroad bridge after it began opening as she crossed it, a city spokesman said. (Photo Courtesy Gabriella Evans via Twitter)

The woman who ended up dangling from a railroad bridge Saturday in Fort Lauderdale was trespassing and could be in trouble for her actions, city officials said Sunday.

Police responded to multiple 9-1-1 calls Saturday morning of reports that a woman was dangling from the railroad bridge that crosses the New River in Ft. Lauderdale.

Photographs and videos of the woman in her precarious situation spread through social media.

The 55-year-old woman, according to Matt Little, spokesman for Fort Lauderdale, was crossing the bridge when it began opening.

Calls came in around 10:45 am as the woman was left hanging on the bridge which was in the upright position—22 feet above the tracks.

The bridge is located between Riverfront and the historic district and is not open to pedestrian traffic.

The firefighters, through verbal contact, advised the woman of rescue plans. The firefighters deployed a 24 foot ladder, as a crowd of spectators watched, and the woman was rescued.

Sunday afternoon, Little released this statement:

“We are thankful that the individual involved in this life-threatening incident survived. The decision to trespass on private property was an unfortunate, poor choice that endangered the trespasser’s life as well as the lives of the first responders. The decision to cross the clearly marked railroad bridge should not be lauded. We hope the news reports about this incident will help to educate the public about the dangers of pedestrians attempting to cross railroad bridges. Public safety is the City’s top priority.”

The woman, while frightened from the incident, was not injured.

The Dania Beach woman, dressed in pink, told firefighters that she had participated in a breast cancer awareness walk earlier in the morning.

However, it is not known why she was on the bridge.

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