Man Dies After Accidental Fall From Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
In an update, we've learned a Hudson Valley man is dead after he accidentally fell from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge while trying to get help.
The New York State Bridge Authority warned drivers to expect delays and use caution when traveling east on the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge due to a disabled vehicle that was left in the right lane center span, on Tuesday around 9:45 p.m.
Disabled Vehicle Causes Delays On Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
About 45 minutes later, the right lane of the eastbound bridge was closed due to police activity.
"UPDATE: Newburgh Beacon Bridge: Right lane closed due to Police activity, EASTBOUND. Use caution," New York State Bridge Authority said.
Person Reportedly Jumps Off Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
The police activity and lane closure were believed to be due to reports of a bridge jumper. Multiple 911 reports reported someone "jumped" from the bridge.
However, on Wednesday, New York State Police confirmed the deceased accidentally fell from the bridge.
Poughkeepsie, New York Man Dies After Accidental Fall From Newburgh-Beacon Bridge
New York State Police reports a 29-year-old man from Poughkeepsie fell off the bridge after his car broke down on the eastbound side of the bridge just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday.
It's believed Paul Montenero tried to gain access to a safer location, on the pedestrian walkway but fell through a gap between the roadway and the walkway, News 10 reports.
Body Recovered Below Bridge
First responders later recovered the 29-year-old’s body in the Hudson River, underneath the bridge. The Orange County Technical Rescue Team responded to the scene to assist with the recovery of Montenero, who was found below the bridge.
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Beacon firefighters later reported a man was found in the water underneath the bridge.
"BFD and multiple mutual aid units are currently operating at a male in the water underneath the Newburgh Beacon Bridge," Beacon Professional Firefighters IAFF L-3490 stated.
The Newburgh-Beacon Bridge was reopened around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, according to the New York State Bridge Authority.