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Woman talked out of jumping off bridge / January 11, 2017

A Buffalo Junction woman who threatened to jump off the U.S. 58 Bypass bridge in Clarksville was convinced not to go through with the suicide attempt Thursday night by first responders at the scene.

The high bridge over Buggs Island Lake was closed for more than two hours around 10 p.m. as Virginia State Police and others negotiated with the woman as she clung to the bridge guardrail.

State Trooper W. N. Campbell was patrolling in Clarksville when he noticed a passenger vehicle traveling east on the U.S. 58 bypass with its hazard lights blinking. The car was travelling about 35 mph.

Campbell attempted to stop the vehicle to offer assistance. Upon coming to a stop, the driver fled her car, jumped over the guardrail on the bridge, and threatened to plunge into the lake.

The trooper called in support from the Clarksville Police Department, Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office and Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

Once they were able to coax her back onto the bridge — after about two hours — she was transported to Sentara Halifax Regional Hospital for observation. She was unharmed as a result of the ordeal. By 1 a.m. Friday, both lanes on the bypass bridge were reopened to traffic.

State Police are withholding the name of the woman as they continue their investigation. For now, no charges have been filed against her.

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