Girl, 16, breaks ribs, punctures lung after woman shoves her from Washington bridge

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Date: August 10th, 2018

Category: Nutty News


pushA Washington teen is recovering from near-fatal injuries after a woman shoved her Tuesday off a bridge that spans a popular swimming area in Clark County, the sheriff’s office said.

The 50-foot-plunge near Moulton Falls shattered Jordan Holgerson’s ribs, punctured her lung and bruised her esophagus, the girl and her mother said.

The Kalama teen and a group of friends had decided to beat the afternoon heat by going swimming at Moulton Falls Regional Park.

Just before 2:45 p.m., the friends climbed the bridge that spans the Lewis River near the falls, which is a popular spot among swimmers.

As Holgerson stood at the open side of the railing, she appeared to have second thoughts about jumping, video of the incident shows.

A woman behind Holgerson suddenly pushes her. The girl screams and her arms windmill through the air.

Holgerson’s face and chest strike the water first.

The woman had apparently grown impatient with Jordan’s hesitation, Genelle Holgerson, her mother, told The Daily News of Longview.

“She could have killed my daughter,” Genelle Holgerson said, adding the woman and her daughter knew one another.

Sgt. Brent Waddell, a spokesman for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, told The Oregonian/OregonLive the incident is under investigation.  Video

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