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Woman jumps from bridge; survives


ELYRIA – A woman who jumped from the Fourth Street bridge into the Black River on Monday afternoon suffered a broken leg and was helped by an off-duty Oberlin police officer who went into the water to save her.

The 34-year-old woman, whose name has not been released, jumped around 4 p.m. The Elyria Fire Department, which carried her up from the river, said she was taken by LifeCare to EMH Regional Medical Center and then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

A woman on the bridge, who declined to comment, told Elyria police she had tried to talk the woman out of jumping.

Oberlin officer Steven Chapman drove by soon after the woman jumped, and went down a steep embankment on the north side of the river to reach the woman and keep her stable until the fire department could get to her.

Chapman declined comment at the scene.

The water below the bridge was about three to four feet deep, according to the Fire Department. She was in the water for about 10 minutes before she was secured onto a backboard and carried up the embankment.

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