According to The Huffington Post on Saturday, an unidentified woman, dressed in pink after participating in a breast cancer walk, somehow got stuck on a raised railroad drawbridge and managed to hold on for nearly an hour in the cross position before she was rescued.
It wasn't clear why the pink-clad woman, identified as a 55-year-old from Dania Beach, was trying to cross the railroad bridge. It is closed to pedestrians and wasn't part of the route for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 5K. Witness Philip Glazebrook told NBC6 the bridge gives a loud signal before it rises over the river.
“This bridge is controlled from Tallahassee. There’s not a bridge minder here anymore,” Glazebrook said. “So she’s stuck on the bridge and she’s going up. The next thing is, she’s stuck, straddled like Jesus Christ.”
Photos capturing the frightening scene around 10:40 a.m. show the 55-year-old unidentified Fort Lauderdale woman dressed in all pink gripping into the sides of the bridge from 22-feet in the air.
Some witnesses speculated that it was meant to be a stunt to raise awareness about breast cancer.
“To tell you the truth, honestly I thought it was probably like a stunt or something, it was just that unbelievable. I really didn’t think she honestly was trapped up there at first," said witness Ashanicka Powell, who said she was on the tracks "on the solid side."
Firefighters responded to multiple 911 calls at 10:44 a.m. about the woman, who told firefighters she took part in the cancer walk earlier in the morning, Fort Lauderdale city spokesman Matt Little said in an email.
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