Woman survives fall from California’s highest bridge after taking selfie

Fourth Estate Staff

Placer County, CA, United States (4E) – A woman who took a selfie at the highest bridge in California fell approximately 60 feet, authorities confirmed, though she miraculously survived.

The bridge is also the fourth highest bridge in the United States. She is from Sacramento and visited the Foresthill Bridge in eastern California with her friends Tuesday afternoon.

The woman reportedly tried to take her own photos while she walked along the beams of the bridge. A helicopter was deployed to retrieve the woman and she was flown to Sutter Roseville Medical Center for treatment. Placer County Sheriff’s Office said the woman is expected to survive.

A friend, Paul Goncharuk, of the unidentified woman said that she became unconscious after the fall and suffered a deep gash to her arm. She also suffered from broken bones and surgery will be done in order to assure she will recover from the fall. Goncharuk added of the bridge, “It’s a cool place to take pictures, but obviously not worth the risk.”

The walkways under the Foresthill Bridge was closed and any trespassers found in the area will be cited as walking on the beams is a violation of Placer County Code 12.04.190 and Penal Code 602. The sheriff’s department added in their statement on their Facebook page, “Be safe and tour the bridge from the sidewalks above. This young lady is very lucky to be alive and the consequences could have been worse for her, her friends and her family.”

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