Police, firefighters save woman from jumping off Livermore overpass

Rescue efforts have first responders holing woman from edge of roadway while fence is cut to bring everyone to safety

Livermore police and firefighters grabbed a woman who was hovering over a bridge 30 feet above the Union Pacific Railroad tracks Friday before she could jump or fall from her perch outside a protective fence.

Joe Testa, battalion chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, said police spotted the woman outside the chain link fence on the high point of the overpass on First and Scott streets.

Police reached through the fence and held the woman by the fingers while firefighters positioned a ladder and worked with police officers to hold the female while another firefighter climbed the ladder to grab the woman to "hug" her to the fence.

"This overpass travels over two Union Pacific railroad tracks," Testa said. "The overpass is about 30 feet above the tracks, enough distance to cause critical or even fatal injuries to someone who falls or jumps."

Firefighters secured fall prevention straps to the woman and then cut the chain link fence to bring both safely onto the roadway.

Union Pacific halted train traffic through the duration of the rescue. Livermore police shut down First Street throughout the rescue, closing First Street for approximately 45 minutes.

The unidentified woman was taken by paramedics to a medical facility for evaluation.


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