Woman fights for life after Chepstow bridge fall
11:40am Thursday 29th September 2011
A 30-YEAR-OLD woman was left with life-threatening injuries after falling around 40 feet from a bridge in Chepstow in the early hours of Tuesday.
Emergency services were called at 2.27am to the Wye river bridge, on the A48 towards the English border.
Firemen from the town’s fire station were sent equipped for a water rescue, a South Wales Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said, but when they arrived the woman was on wasteland, so paramedics from a rapid reponse vehicle and an ambulance took over.
Officers from Gwent Police also attended the bridge, following reports the woman had jumped off it, according to a spokeswoman.
Resident Roisin Collins said she was awoken in the early hours by a “loud scream” and sirens from the emergency services, but did not know at the time what was going on.
The woman was taken to the Royal Gwent Hospital, Newport, with serious injuries where she remains in a stable condition.
The Welsh Ambulance Service were unable to detail the extent of the woman’s injuries.
The police confirmed there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the incident.
It is believed that the young lady, who lived in Bridge Street has 3 small children, is of Polish origin and that her life is in the balance with broken legs, a broken arm and suspected fractures of pelvis and spine.
If suicide was her intention with the injuries she has suffered we hope her progress is pain free and with minimum suffering for her and those she has inflictedf this action on.