Teen pushed from bridge by a 'friend' breaks her silence
The 16-year-old Jordan Holgerson was pushed off a bridge over the Lewis River in Moulton Falls and sustained severe injuries.
As reported by KGW8, Holgerson and her friends were going to jump from the bridge, but she changed her mind and decided not to go through with it.
While still standing on the bridge in her swimwear, one of her friends pushed her off the edge. The video was shared on social media yesterday and garnered more than 120,000 views.
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CAUGHT ON CAMERA: Teen suffers major injuries after friend pushes her off 60-foot bridge. https://t.co/s7IvewsEBa— WRCB-TV (@WRCB) August 10, 2018
Holgerson fell 60 feet and was taken to the Peach Health Southwest Medical Centre with five broken ribs and a punctured lung.
She also has air bubbles in her chest, as well as scrapes and bruises from hitting the water. Holgerson told reporters:
“In midair I think I might’ve blacked out. I was awake and aware when I hit the water.”
The teen added that she could have died. Her friend has since apologized for pushing her off the bridge and Holgerson said an apology is not good enough.
She will be much more selective about her friends going forward and warned other teens and enthusiasts to be careful when being "that high" up. She said:
“It could’ve ended a lot worse [...] Just make sure you know what you're doing."
The bridge is a popular location among the locals, and despite a sign warning residents about the dangers of jumping from that height, they still do.
However, her surgeon told the media that there's a big difference between willingly jumping from the bridge, and being pushed off while being unaware and unprepared for the impact.
About a year ago, a 47-year-old man was severely injured when he jumped from the bridge. He landed in an awkward position and sustained a back injury.
Due to the prevalence of residents jumping into the Lewis River, the Fire department regularly provides training in water rescue.