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Woman found hanging from Highway 212/41 overpass hospitalized
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Chaska Police Chief Scott Knight confirmed that a woman found hanging from the Highway 212 overpass at Highway 41 in Chaska has been hospitalized.



Knight said that police and fire were called to the north end of the overpass for an "apparent suicide attempt" around 12:30 p.m. on Sunday.

"They did find an individual hanging from the bridge," said Knight.



Police and fire cut the woman down and were able to resuscitate her. She was then taken to the hospital. Her current condition is unknown.

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im-here
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February 17, 2016
I'm here. Thank you for helping me. I did survive hanging myself. I met God, recovered fully, finished my degree, and I settled down in a beautiful place where I now help the homeless and work in the church. God works in mysterious ways. I have no doubt that you were meant to be there.
sastonefield
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March 21, 2011
I drive over this bridge daily and am aware of this tragic, tragic event. I see the big yellow bow on the bridge and now know where it came from. God bless you those that have stopped to help this woman on this tragic day. I cannot imagine driving by and not stopping. You are clearly angels here on earth. I pray for this woman and her family daily. Does anyone know how she is doing? This clearly raises awareness on depression and suicide.
chaska16
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March 19, 2011
I have a friend who is a firefighter and was told that when the lady was cut down she did not fall down to the ground, she fell into the arms of fireman that were standing beneath her. These fireman did an awesome job risking there safety to get this lady down from the bridge, because of there actions that lady did not suffer anymore injuries.
Chaska-Resident
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March 19, 2011
My wife and I were the first ones on the scene Sunday.

We were driving North on Hwy 41 over Hwy 212 when my wife saw a young woman crouched down on the ledge of the bridge on the wrong side of the green bars. When I turned to look, I saw her standing with her back to the bars facing East and then saw her disappear.

We pulled over and I ran to the edge expecting to see her down in the snow. Instead, I saw her hanging from the bridge by a rope. I called 911 at 12:38pm (according to my cellphone) and reported what had happened.

We managed to flag down a woman driving by in a car. We told her what had happened. She got out of her car and realized that the young woman was her daughter. Moments later, another person stopped to help and the first police officer arrived on the scene.

The young woman was too far off the ground to be reached from below and it wasn't possible to get to her from above. The paramedics soon arrived. The plan was to have two people down below catch her as someone from above cut the rope. In an instant, she was down and the paramedics began trying to resuscitate her.

I gave my statement to a police officer and then went to be with my family. We spent the rest of the day in a daze, replaying the event over and over in our heads. It wasn't until later that night when we learned that she survived and was stable which came as a great relief. The next morning we found out that she was paralyzed from the waist down.

This was a very difficult thing to experience but I'm glad I was there. I was due to be in Minneapolis at a gathering but opted to spend the day with my family. I feel like I was supposed to be on that overpass at that exact moment to place the call to 911. This experience has helped to reinforce my faith in God and to bring me closer to my family.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the young woman, her family and all who witnessed or were involved with this tragic event.

A Chaska Resident

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sstubson
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March 16, 2011
My Fiance and 11 year old son were going into EDP from Waconia to Bowl and my 11 year old son saw something on the overpass and turned around and saw the young woman and started crying hysterically. The impact this had on him is horiffic. It allowed for alot of indepth conversation about God, prayer, hope for the young woman. But it saddens me he had to see this at such a young age or at all.

I am a member of a relevant board and I want to say it saddens me that any human being should feel this low (I CAN understand how one can) and believe they have no other alternative. Suicide can happen when one feels they have exhausted all resources. In this day and age, NO ONE SHOULD EVER, EVER, BELIEVE there are no more resources or be ashamed to share their feelings of depression!

We prayed for her and were grateful to hear she survived. And we will continue to pray for her.

What I wish for all people, but particluarly our school age kids and young adults who haven't quite developed all social skills capable of making better choices, who are so susceptible BULLYING, drugs, alcohol, KNOW that they should NEVER, EVER, EVER, feel ashamed to be feeling that low, NEVER, IT IS HUMAN!!!!!! It is NOT their fault! NEVER , EVER, EVER, be afraid to ask for help. YOU ARE LOVED, EVEN BY STRANGERS!

I ASK ANYONE OUT THERE WHO IS FEELING THIS LOW TO TAKE A PLEDGE TO PROMISE YOURSELF TO REACH OUT, PLEASE CALL A FRIEND, GO TO THE ER (you won't be turned away or judged), PRAY AND ASK GOD TO TAKE THE LOAD AND GIVE IT ONE MORE DAY, ONE DAY AT A TIME. THE CLOUDS WILL MOVE AWAY. HOPE WILL COME...it's okay to have to get treatment! IT IS OKAY!



PLEASE, ANYONE FEELING THIS LOW, REACH OUT, DO NOT BE AFRAID! YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!!

God Bless the young woman and her family and we pray that she will gain strength to move forward and lead a fulfilling life. We do not judge her, we love her as a sister and we are there for her and anyone who needs help!

Mark Olson
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March 16, 2011
The police have reported the victim's age as 22. She was a Chaska resident.

We received another eyewitness account from Kathryn Kottke:

"I witnessed the incident briefly while driving under the overpass on my way to Waconia.

"I saw people walking on the bridge in clear distress; a man was standing over her hanging body with his hands on the railing — clearly upset. The police car was pulling up just before I passed her.

"I can’t get the image of her out of my head; I see the most minute details — her shoes, her ribbed tights, skirt, cardigan, hair. The only thing that didn’t register was her face (though it seemed to be blue and purple).

"Time will erase these memories, I hope."
Mark Olson
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March 15, 2011
Thanks for your comment. We're seeking more information from the Chaska Police Department on this case.

If you witnessed the incident and have differing information from what is reported, or want to share your account, you can call me (editor Mark Olson) at (952) 345-6574 or e-mail editor@chaskaherald.com.
chanhassen
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March 15, 2011
This is a terribly sad story. I really hope there is a follow up article about this. I am hoping to hear that the woman is okay. My heart aches for her and her family and for every person who witnessed this.
beachcomber
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March 15, 2011
Your brief article states that "police and fire cut the woman down."

Isn't it more accurate that a passerby who stopped before the first police officer arrived on the scene was actually the one who cut her down? And then only after there were several responders underneath her to try and break her fall. This passerby was unaware of the woman hanging off the bridge when he stopped. He stopped in response to another woman (the victim's mother) who was on the side of the bridge in obvious distress and on her cell phone.

My prayers go out to the young woman and her family.
woodworl
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March 15, 2011
I too witnessed some of what happened on Sunday. It was such a horrific thing to see - not what you would ever expect to see when driving down the road. I keep thinking why, why, why....
Mark Olson
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March 14, 2011
Mary Smith of Chaska, watched the scene unfold on Sunday, as she was driving a friend to the airport.

Smith pulled off to the side of the entrance ramp onto Highway 212 east with other bystanders.

Crews responded to the scene. A responder, arms spread, attempted to reach the victim from the ground, but was unsuccessful. When they cut the rope, she dropped to the ground Smith said.

Later on Sunday, Smith bought a yellow ribbon and tied it to the bridge rails, near the spot of the incident.

Recounting the event brought Smith to tears a day later. “I had a hard time sleeping last night,” she said.
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