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Woman jumps from Merrill bridge Wednesday


MERRILL, Wis. (WSAU) -- A young woman is hospitalized after jumping from a bridge in downtown Merrill Wednesday afternoon.

The 24-year-old woman was seen jumping from the Center Avenue bridge over the Wisconsin River shortly before 5 o’clock in the afternoon. Police and witnesses don’t know why. She landed on the ground, and not on ice or open water.

Police say she fell about 36 feet. The woman was taken to Aspirus Wausau Hospital by Merrill Fire Department paramedics. Her name has not been released, and the events leading to her jump are still under investigation.