Man jumps to death from the Bay Bridge


The Maryland Transportation Authority is considering adding safety measures to block suicide jumpers at its bridges after a man leaped from the Bay Bridge Sunday night. It was the third suicide from the bridge in as many weeks, officials said.

At 8:43 p.m., a toll facilities officer stopped behind a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck on the eastbound span. The officer thought the car had broken down. As he approached, he saw a man standing on the side wall of the bridge, said spokesman Thomas E. Freeburger.

The officer tried to talk the man out of jumping. The man came down from the wall, then walked backed and jumped, Mr. Freeburger said. The water is about 50 feet deep at that point beneath the bridge.

Officials traced the truck's license plate to a 36-year-old FTC Pasadena man. Officials would not release the name because no body has been recovered.

U.S. Coast Guard and Maryland Natural Resources Police searched the Chesapeake Bay Sunday night and yesterday. They planned to resume the search today.

Warm weather means the bodies of a 31-year-old Herndon, Va., man believed to have jumped March 7, and a 30-year-old Columbia, man believed to have jumped March 16, are likely to float to the surface, officials said.

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