Placerville man jumps to his death from Foresthill Bridge
Allan Anderson, and another co-worker, drove to the bridge shortly after 2 p.m. with a sense of dread.
Emergency vehicles parked on the east side were a signal that they had arrived too late to possibly talk the man away from the railing,
The man who jumped from the north side of the state’s highest bridge was in his early 40s and a
But he appeared out of sorts in the morning when they met at an Auburn coffee shop before driving up to Colfax,
At noon, the man left for lunch but never returned to the construction job. A driver on the bridge saw him jump over the railing at about 2 p.m. and called 911.
“He was loved by a lot of people,”
“It’s so far out of character for him, I can’t believe it,”
Lt. Troy Minton-Sander of the Sheriff’s Office said that the man was seen climbing on the railing and jumping off the bridge by a witness who was driving on the bridge.
The man, whose identity is being withheld by the Placer County Coroner’s Office until notification of next of kin, is the second person in a week to make the fatal plunge from the bridge.
The two deaths – the other took place Tuesday – brings to 76 the grim death toll since the bridge’s opening in September 1973. On Tuesday, a Rocklin man climbed a collapsible ladder he had brought with him to go over the six-foot-, six-inch railing.
Anyone with suicidal thoughts can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline service, 24 hours a day. The number is 1-800-273-8255.