MISSOULA, Mont. (CBS Seattle) – A man floating down the Clark Fork River in an inner tube ended up with two broken legs after a second man jumped off the bridge above him – and into his lap.
Area resident Andy Hill was floating down the river Sunday while enjoying the weather with his family. It was when he neared the Bandmann Bridge that the day took a turn for the worse.
KECI-TV reports an unidentified jumper launched himself off the bridge at the exact moment Hill was passing underneath. The jumper landed directly on Hill’s legs, and did so with enough force to cause fractures in both of them.
“Suddenly I had intense pain and I was under water,” Hill recalled to the station. “Somebody had jumped off the bridge and landed on me.”
The man reportedly apologized profusely to Hill before swimming away.
After being helped to shore by a friend, the victim received medical attention for a series of injuries that included torn ACLs in both knees and a cracked left femur.
Hill attempted to find humor in the situation while speaking with KECI-TV.
“Who does this happen to?” he said while laughing. “I don’t know of anybody this has ever happened to.”
Authorities with the Missoula Sheriff’s Department are taking the matter seriously, however, and said the jumper could face criminal endangerment charges.
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