Virginia man dies after fall from railroad trestle

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — An unidentified man fell to his death from a railroad trestle over the James River, Lynchburg police said.

According to a news release, after officers responded to Riverside Park for a report that a man had fallen, officers and Lynchburg firefighters attempted life-saving measures on the man, but were unsuccessful, The News-Advance of Lynchburg reported. Police said they would release the man’s identity after next of kin are notified.

Police also said a woman who was on the trestle was checked by paramedics at the scene and released.

Before Sunday’s incident, authorities had said at least 13 people have died since 1969 on the trestle that spans the James River from Riverside Park on the Lynchburg side to Madison Heights on the Amherst County side.

Signs on a barbed-wire fence warn people of the risk of trespassing charges or death.

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