Woman falls from train bridge

Welland Fire and Emergency Services firefighters and Niagara EMS paramedics bring a female patient out from under the train bridge.

Welland Fire and Emergency Services firefighters and Niagara EMS paramedics bring a female patient out from under the train bridge.

Welland firefighters had to crawl through a maze of metal beams below a train bridge to get to a patient Sunday night.
Welland Fire and Emergency Services platoon chief Dan Marr said a call came in for a female that had fallen from the train bridge, Bridge 15, over the recreational canal.
“We found a young female down below the bridge suffering from a possible fractured ankle,” said Marr.
A male friend was with the woman and called 911. The call came in at 8:40 p.m.
Marr said the woman fell between one of the rusted metal beams than span the bridge.
“She was attempting to step across, lost her footing because of the darkness and fell through.”
Marr said the woman could have landed on concrete below the bridge or fallen into the water. Instead, she landed on a mud surface on top of the concrete .
“We went down with (Niagara EMS) paramedics and assessed the patient. She was unable to help herself out, so we put a harness on her and raised her up,” said Marr, adding it wasn’t a complicated lift.
Once the woman was on the bridge deck, firefighters and paramedics carried her east toward Canal Bank St. and a waiting ambulance.
No other details were available at the time.

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