Two Bellevue teenagers are lucky to be alive after falling from a bridge over Highway 75 late Friday afternoon.
Bellevue police tell Channel 6 News that a group of six teenagers cut across Cornhusker during rush hour. They thought they could leap over a wall and onto a sidewalk next to the roadway.
Police said the teenagers didn’t realize there is about a three to four foot gap between the Cornhusker bridge and the walkway. The first two leading the way screamed as they fell over according to the investigating officer. The four teenagers following them rushed to their aid.
A boy about 15 years old fell some 30 to 40 feet onto the muddy shoulder of Highway 75 below. A 14-year old girl was not as far out and fell about 15 feet onto the concrete embankment under the bridge.
Neither sustained life threatening injuries and were taken to the Nebraska Medical Center Trauma unit.
Bellevue Chief John Stacey said he believes this is about the third time a pedestrian "J-Walked" across Cornhusker and jumped over the roadway barrier toward the sidewalk, not realizing there is a gap.
Sgt. John McDaniel said if the boy had landed about 20 feet east onto Highway 75 he may have been killed.