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Possible suicide at Taft Bridge

2:15 P.M. UPDATE: A D.C. police spokeswoman confirmed shortly after 2 p.m. that officers were on the scene of a possible jumper on the Taft Bridge, which carries Connecticut Avenue over Rock Creek Park, in Northwest Washington

-- Matt Zapotosky

Original post: According to the District Department of Transportation, Beach Drive is closed from Calvert Street to Shoreham beneath the Taft Bridge due to police activity. Taft Bridge is also closed to pedestrian traffic on the east side, DDOT said.

By Michael Bolden  |  April 7, 2010; 1:50 PM ET
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Washington Post reports -- be reporters and not lazy! Ask questions, don't let them get by with "Police Activity" This is a free society and the people have a right to know!

Posted by: wpjunk | April 7, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the update. I've always wondered why their were suicide fences on the Ellington Bridge but not the taft bridge. Perhaps to keep drunkards on their walk back from Adams Morgan? If I recall, they were added in the 80s.

Posted by: wpjunk | April 7, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

wpjunk, I remember reading an article on how people who were thwarted in their first suicide attempt generally didn't try to kill themselves again.

An example they highlighted was that after a rash of jumpers off of the Ellington bridge the fences were put up. Suicides off of Ellington stopped and contrary to what common sense would lead you to believe the numbers of jumpers from Taft didn't go up as a result.

Posted by: thedude1974 | April 7, 2010 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Ellington's guard (without the suicide rails) is much lower to the ground. Taft comes up to the shoulders area on most people.

Posted by: foldingtime | April 7, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Geronimo! (or if it was a lady--) Sacagawea!

Posted by: Aimhigh2000 | April 7, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse



Posted by: jiji1 | April 7, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Meanwhile, a woman has jumped onto the Metro tracks. I wish these suicides could coordinate their efforts and make things less inconvenient for those of us who have not given up on life.

Posted by: CubsFan | April 7, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Why don't they just go to Anacostia and let the crossfire take care of them?

Posted by: fireball72 | April 7, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Why don't they just go to Anacostia and let the crossfire take care of them?

Posted by: fireball72 | April 7, 2010 8:11 PM
Why don't you go over to Anacostia first and let us know what happened?


Posted by: PublicEnemy1 | April 7, 2010 9:25 PM | Report abuse

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