A woman was trapped on a drawbridge Saturday as it rose over 20-feet high, ABC News reports Oct. 13. The 55-year-old woman was participating in a 5k walk for a breast cancer charity in Ft. Lauderdale when she crossed a railroad bridge that suddenly rose straight up.
The woman who was stuck on the drawbridge has been identified as Wanda McGowan, 55. She was on a railroad crossing not meant for pedestrians when she found herself trapped on a drawbridge rising. Fortunately she was rescued by the fire department after holding on for dear life. The bridge was operated by remote control and had a sign warning people not to trespass on them.
In images captured from the incident, McGowan was seen in her pink t-shirt holding onto the railroad ties. Those witnessing the horror called out for help. Firefighters were able to remove the woman from the drawbridge from a 24-foot ladder.
It was added in the report that McGowen managed to hold on tight to her handbag!
The woman's luck could have been far worse in the drawbridge incident. This serves as an excellent example as to why people should take warning signs seriously. It's unknown if McGowen will be charged with trespassing.