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New Brunswick Fire Department Rescues Woman Trapped Under Goodkind Bridge

The Morris and Donald Goodkind bridges in New Brunswick. A woman became trapped after climbing under the Morris bridge Friday night. Credits: Photo by user Sander from Wikimedia, used under Creative Commons license.

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ – City firefighters rescued a woman trapped after climbing on the Morris Goodkind bridge Friday night, officials said.

Deputy Fire Chief Tom Lopardo said that the department got a call at 6:45 p.m. Friday night that a woman had become trapped after climbing in the arches of the span which carries northbound Route 1 traffic between the city and Edison over the Raritan River.

“She couldn’t get herself out,” Lopardo said Saturday. “She climbed the bridge underneath and couldn’t get herself down.”

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He said the initial report was of a female stuck in a fence at the Lowes Theater, but arriving units found that she had climbed into the arches of the bridge and could not get back to a catwalk to get down.

Lopardo said crews set up a rope system and get the woman on a safety line to bring her to the safety of the catwalk where she could walk off.

The unidentified woman was not injured during the incident.

The entire rescue, including equipment set up and breakdown took about two hours, he said.

According to the state, the bridge was built in 1929 and renovated in 1971.

It is 1902 feet long and 50 feet wide, carrying three lanes of Route 1 traffic across the Raritan River.

Morris Goodkind, the man the bridge is now named after, designed the combination metal and concrete span, winning an architectural award for the project in 1930.

The arches underneath the bridge rise to about 100 feet above the river, according to the state.

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