Search resumes for man believed to have jumped from Hulton Bridge

Nov. 8—River rescue crews resumed the search for a man witnesses say crashed his car on the Hulton Bridge on Tuesday evening and then jumped into the river.

The man is believed to be 42 years old and from the Verona area, Harmar police Chief Jason Domaratz said. The identification was based on the vehicle registration and information inside the car, he said.

The man's name was not released.

According to Domaratz, the man was driving across the bridge from Harmar toward Oakmont when he made a sharp left at about the middle of the bridge and hit the concrete barrier that separates the driving lanes of the bridge from the pedestrian sidewalk on the bridge. Witnesses said he jumped out of the vehicle and off the bridge.

Crews from Pittsburgh, Oakmont and Blawnox searched the river for about two hours Tuesday evening but didn't find anything, Domaratz said.

On Wednesday, Pittsburgh River Rescue was using sonar to scan the bottom of the river near the spot where witnesses said the man jumped.

Domaratz said Wednesday there was no new information available about the man. The water in the area is roughly 12 feet deep, he said. The fall from the bridge would have been about 60 feet but, Domaratz said, people have survived falls from that bridge in the past.

Wednesday's search was expected to last until about 3 p.m.

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Joyce by email at jhanz@triblive.com or via Twitter .