A woman was trying to take a selfie on Foresthill Bridge, the highest bridge in California, when she fell 60 feet off its edge, suffering injuries that left her “lucky to be alive,” police say. According to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office, the unnamed woman and a group of her friends were walking on the girders underneath the bridge, which is against the law. The woman tried to take a selfie and fell off the girders, landing 60 feet below on a trail.
“They were taking a picture on the bridge, and then the big bolts that are holding the beams together, she stepped on them kind of weirdly and lost balance and fell backwards,” her friend, Paul Goncharuk, told CBS Sacramento.
The woman was knocked unconscious, had a deep wound on her arm, and broke bones. She was rushed to a hospital and will need surgery, but she is expected to make a full recovery.
According to CNN, Foresthill Bridge is 730 feet tall, which makes it the highest in California and one of the highest in the United States. The area under the bridge has proven to be popular for selfies, even though it’s prohibited, and some people have even taken photos dangling from the walkways.
The park has closed the walkways under the bridge, and warned locals to only look at the bridge from safe sidewalks. “This young lady is very lucky to be alive and the consequences could have been worse for her, her friends and her family,” the sheriff’s office wrote on Facebook.
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