Woman Plummets From California’s Highest Bridge During Ill-Advised Selfie Effort

A California woman was airlifted from beneath the state’s highest bridge this week, after she fell from the structure while attempting to take a poorly thought out selfie.

According to a Facebook post from the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday the woman and “a group of her friends,” all of whom were from the Sacramento area, “were walking on the girders underneath the Foresthill Bridge in violation of Placer County Code 12.04.190 and Penal Code 602.”

The Foresthill Bridge, which is known by some as the Auburn-Foresthill Bridge or the Auburn Bridge, crosses the North Fork American River near the Sierra Nevada foothills. According to Highestbridges.com, at 730 feet high, it was the second highest bridge in the world when it opened in 1973, and remains the highest bridge in California and the fourth-highest bridge in the US.

During her alleged illegal jaunt across the bridge’s girders, police say that the woman “attempted to take a selfie and fell from the girders landing on the trail approximately 60 feet below.”

Remarkably, she didn’t die on impact, and was “life-flighted to Sutter Roseville Medical Center and is expected to survive.” According to the SF Chronicle, it helped that she “landed on a path that was still close enough to the top of the bridge” as “no one would likely survive the fall to the bottom of the American River Canyon.”

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