Crews rescue injured man who jumped from river bridge

By The Associated Press

CLARKSVILLE — A man who was injured after apparently jumping from an Ohio River bridge was rescued during an hours-long operation along a slippery, debris-filled riverbank.

Clarksville Fire Chief Brandon Skaggs says firefighters faced dangerous conditions during Wednesday’s three-hour rescue along the Ohio River that ended after the man was pulled to safety in a rescue basket.

Skaggs says the terrain beneath the railroad bridge where railroad workers found the injured man included treacherous layers of driftwood and mud.

The injured man was taken a hospital with unknown injuries.

Major Scott Merchant with Clarksville police said Thursday that the man told authorities he jumped from the bridge along the Falls of the Ohio in an attempt to take his life.

Merchant says the man fell 100 or more feet to the riverbanks.

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