University Place Man Dies After Jumping Off Tacoma Narrows Bridge

Authorities responded to the jumper around noon Tuesday, who has been confirmed to be a University Place resident. He reportedly parked on the eastbound shoulder and jumped over the rail. All lanes of traffic are back open.

A University Place man died after jumping off the Tacoma Narrows Bridge on Tuesday.

Authorities haven't released the 62-year-old man's identity.

Police got the call of a jumper around noon. They say the man, who was headed eastbound, pulled over in the right shoulder and leapt off the bridge.

KIRO's Kevin McCarty posted on his Twitter page that rescuers pulled the man's body out of the water, and the Washington State Patrol confirmed his death shortly afterward.

The response blocked off the right lane for a short time, but crews had reopened all lanes about 30 minutes later.

Below is the timeline of Patch's coverage:



Several Twitter users are reporting that there is a possible jumper on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge.

Piercescan posted the following around noon today:

Police and Fire activity on the Narrows Bridge after reports that there was a possible jumper on the bridge.

These pictures from the state Department of Transportation show crews responding to the call and blocking off the right lane of eastbound S.R. 16.

Check back for more later.


UPDATE, 12:25 p.m.

As of 12:13 p.m., the spokesman for the Washington State Patrol tweeted: All lanes open EB SR-16 on the Narrows. 


UPDATE, 12:31 p.m.

KIRO's Kevin McCarty just posted the following on Twitter:

The man who jumped from #Tacoma Narrows bridge was pulled from the water. His condition is not known. Parked at shoulder and leapt over rail


UPDATE, 12:39 p.m.

KIRO's Kevin McCarty just posted the following on Twitter:

WSP confirms the man who jumped from the #TacomaNarrows bridge has died.


UPDATE, 1:47 p.m.

WSP Trooper Guy Gill has just confirmed to Patch that the deceased was a 62-year-old man from University Place.

Connie March 06, 2013 at 10:32 AM
My condolences to his family and friends also..nice to see such supportive comments above...
Lella Hamilton March 06, 2013 at 02:51 PM
It is really sad but in their mind they want to stop suffering and they probably truly think that their family would be better off without them. I imagine it took time to decide. My condolences. He is not in pain any more
shannon March 06, 2013 at 04:05 PM
This is heart breaking. My heart and prayers go out to the family.
Renee B. March 10, 2013 at 04:29 PM
I didn't see any other news reports on this accident no Komo4, King5 or the TNT newspaper.
Diana Mackey March 12, 2013 at 06:26 PM
So sorry your husband had to witness this horrible act. He was my ex-brother in law. I have know him since i was 6years old. He was a tortured soul and for some reason beyond help. I as his family appreciate the condolences very much. We just pray he is at peace now.


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