A suicidal New Jersey woman who survived an overnight leap from a bridge between the cities of Clifton and Garfield with serious injuries was rescued after an officer who was searching for her heard her screams, authorities said Wednesday.
Family members told Clifton police around 11 p.m. Tuesday that the 40-something woman "threatened to harm herself before fleeing her residence," Detective Lt. Robert Bracken said.
Initially unable to find her, Clifton police summoned their colleagues from Garfield, who assisted, reports the South Passaic Daily Voice.
Around 1 a.m. Officer Eric Rodriguez was searching the area with his patrol cruiser's windows down when he heard screaming coming from beneath the Ackerman Avenue Bridge to Garfield and was able to locate "the missing female lying injured and incapacitated along the riverbank," Bracken said.
The woman suffered injuries to her lower torso but was expected to survive.