A woman plunged 60ft off the tallest bridge in California while trying to take a daredevil selfie. Miraculously the woman, who has not been identified, survived the horrifying ordeal after falling from the catwalk beneath the 730-foot-tall Foresthill Bridge near Sacramento on Tuesday. Instead of plummeting the full distance to the bottom, she was relatively fortunate to land on a trail 60ft below the top of the bridge. She was airlifted to hospital, and authorities say she was lucky not to have been killed.
Yet, despite the obvious dangers of posing for photos on such a tall structure, it remains a hotspot for unique Instagram shots. Some people continue to take pictures of themselves posing hundreds of feet off the ground, and some even dangle over the edge.
Placer County Sheriff’s Office said that the walkways under the bridge are closed to the public precisely because they are so dangerous, and that walking on them is illegal.
Local authorities say young people risk their lives on the bridge in an attempt to take the perfect Instagram picture and despite authorities warning of the grave dangers of accessing the walkway under the bridge for years, it appears to be falling on deaf ears.
Almost 100 people have been killed from either falling or jumping off the bridge since it first opened in 1973.