Socorro woman survives fall from Interstate 25 overpass
A Socorro woman fell — or possibly purposely went over the rail — onto Interstate 25 on Wednesday and is recovering from leg and back injuries at an Albuquerque hospital.
Assistant Police Chief Mike Winders said on Thursday the incident was still under investigation.
“It’s unknown if it was an accident or if she did it on purpose,” Winders said, adding that the woman may have mental health issues.
The 45-year-old woman, whose name was not released, went over the railing of the north overpass connecting frontage roads in Socorro about noon on Wednesday.
“A witness said he saw her walking across the bridge. She sat down on the rail and went over backwards,” Winders said.
Judging by a sign on the overpass listing clearance at 16 feet, 2 inches, the woman fell more than 20 feet onto the pavement below.
Winders said the witness was the first to come to her assistance and was holding her hand when Socorro Police Officer Joseph Reichenbach arrived. Winders and Officer Clinton Martinez were next on the scene. Winders said the woman was still conscious when he arrived.
The northbound passing lane was blocked off until an ambulance arrived and took her first to Socorro General Hospital.
Winders said it was fortunate the woman wasn’t struck by traffic, “and she only missed the guard rail by a couple of feet,” he said.
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