‘It was miraculous’ – Driver jumps off bridge to avoid crash and fell 75 feet

Michael Eli Dokosi Feb 24, 2020 at 04:00pm

February 24, 2020 at 04:00 pm | News

Michael Eli Dokosi

Michael Eli Dokosi | Staff Writer

February 24, 2020 at 04:00 pm | News

Jeremiah Cribb being rescued via fox40.com

Any well raised person is eager to offer assistance to someone in need. It is with that in mind that 24-year-old Jeremiah Cribb, a FedEx truck driver parked to see how he could be of assistance to a stranded driver along a bridge in Salisbury.

Despite putting on his hazard lights to warn oncoming cars, he soon realized an 18-wheeler was headed straight toward them.

In a split second, he jumped hoping to land on a median rather he fell 75 feet from a North Carolina highway bridge, surviving and confounding medics.

When Cribb jumped off the Yadkin River Bridge, he landed on a sandbar 75 feet (23 meters) below.

“When I realized he was going to hit the car, which he did, … I just reacted. It’s pitch black dark. I was thinking I was hopping over a median,” Cribb said. “I just started free-falling.”

“I thought I broke my back,” he told the Salisbury Post. “I moved my neck. I moved my legs. I crawled to my phone to call 911 and the police were already there.”

Unsure if he was alive, Salisbury firefighter Jacob Vodochodsky rappelled down the bridge and initially thought Cribb was paralyzed.

“I gave him a little pinch on the leg because the way he was laying there looked like he may have been paralyzed from that great of a fall,” Vodochodsky said at a news conference.

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Firefighter Jacob Vodochodsky and Jeremiah Cribb

But Cribb felt the pinch and was able to stand despite some dizziness and shortness of breath. He was able to get into a harness to be pulled to safety.

“To be honest, (it’s) entirely miraculous,” Salisbury Fire Battalion Chief Nicholas Martin said. “We would not anticipate the outcome from such a fall would be so positive.”

In the end, Cribb only had three fractured ribs and a collapsed lung. He is expected to remain in the hospital for a few days.

“I was not supposed to get up,” Cribb said. “I just thank God I’m alive.”

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via wsoctv.com

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