NJ State Police trooper catches woman falling off overpass

A State Police trooper was literally in the right place at the right time on the Atlantic City Freeway Thursday afternoon.

The westbound lanes and shoulders of the freeway were closed around 1:30 p.m. at exit 41 in Winslow Township when a woman threatened to jump off the overpass.

Crisis negotiators from the Gloucester County Attorney’s Office spoke to the woman and she agreed to come down, according to state police.

As the woman descended, she lost her balance and fell 20 feet to the roadway, Cavalier Charles Marchan said.

A soldier managed to catch the woman and break her fall. His identity has not been revealed.

She was treated at the scene and taken to hospital for further evaluation.

The road was closed for about an hour.

If you think you or someone you know is in crisis, call the National Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK or 988 or the NJ Hopeline, 1-855-654-6735

Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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