Police: Man dies after jumping from Tarentum Bridge

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 11:30 p.m.

Tarentum police said a man died late Wednesday night after he apparently jumped from the Tarentum Bridge.

Officials did not identify the victim.

An Allegheny County 911 supervisor said that police received the call about 10:35 p.m.

The body was recovered about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

The Valley News Dispatch does not report apparent suicides unless they occur in a public area.

Tarentum police Sgt. Ryan Hanford said the incident was reported by people fishing nearby.

Ross Snyder of Tarentum said he was fishing on the pier at the Tarentum boat launch when he heard a splash and then someone yelling for help.

“I didn't know anyone jumped until the splash,” he said. “He just started yelling, ‘Help! Help! Help!'

“I tried to get him to come over here, because I have rope in my tackle box.”

Snyder said a tugboat was headed downriver at the time and he was afraid the boat was going to hit the man.

There was a report, from Allegheny County's Twitter feed, that the operator of a tugboat passing under the bridge witnessed a man jump and had trained a floodlight on him in the water.

Jodi Weigand is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-226-4702 or jweigand@tribweb.com.

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