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Threatened Bridge Jumping Averted

Published: July 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

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About 5 pm on Thursday, July 12, during the evening rush, a 27-year-old man reportedly was threatening to jump from Rochambeau Bridge, alongside eastbound Interstate 84, into the waters of the Housatonic River.

State police said that troopers from Troop L in Litchfield were investigating the incident in which the man was threatening suicide. Troopers from the nearby Troop A Barracks in Southbury located the man, after which he was transported to the hospital by ambulance to be checked, state police said.

State police spokeswomen Kelly Grant characterized the incident as a "medical assist" for state police.

Newtown Volunteer Ambulance Corps initially was dispatched to the incident, but was unable to get there, so Danbury Ambulance responded to the scene. Sandy Hook Volunteer Fire & Rescue Company also responded.

Although the incident occurred at approximately the same location where a fatal motorcycle accident had occurred at about 7 am that day, the two incidents were unrelated, according to state police at Troop A. The motorcycle accident investigation caused extensive travel delays during the morning rush.

 

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Newtown Cultural Arts Commission is presenting or coordinating on six weeks of special events. Which event are you looking forward to the most? (Visit our Features page for a full story with details about all of these events.)

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“Courageous Conversations in A Complex World,” October 17
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Live at ETH: David Wax Museum concert, October 19
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Connecticut Author’s Reading Series, October 21
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“The Wordsmiths,” October 24
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Pianist Konstanza Chernov, October 28
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