According to police, a woman was killed on Sunday when a drawbridge in West Palm Beach, Florida, was raised while she was walking across it on her bike.When the woman was struck by a vehicle on the Royal Park Bridge, which runs from Lakeview Avenue in West Palm Beach to the island of Palm Beach, police say she was walking across it at around 1 p.m., according to West Palm Beach police.
A few feet from the bridge’s conclusion, she was thrown through a gap in the road when it raised.In an interview with the outlet, West Palm Beach police spokesman Mike Jachles said, “The woman attempted to hold on.”
According to Jachles, “there was a bystander nearby who attempted to save her, but unfortunately she fell five or six stories down where she perished after landing on concrete.”
He mentioned that there is a bridge tender who is in charge of ensuring that safety protocols are followed when managing the bridge.
An investigation into the woman’s death is currently underway, as is the reason why the bridge was raised while a pedestrian was still on it.
The bridge was closed for about six hours as a result of the death, with the bridge finally reopening approximately 7 p.m., according to authorities.