Police rescue man on Calvin Coolidge Bridge

  • FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL CONNORS

Staff Writer
Published: 5/30/2020 12:57:35 PM

NORTHAMPTON — Police rescued a man who had climbed over a railing on the Calvin Coolidge Bridge on Thursday afternoon, causing a brief closure of the road.

In a post on the Northampton Police Department’s Facebook page, Chief Jody Kasper wrote that officers responded to the bridgeat  around 3:05 p.m. for reports of a man who “appeared to be acting strangely”— pushing a bicycle while walking in the middle of the travel lane. 

Other callers reported that the man had climbed over the railing of the bridge, she said. Responding law enforcement discovered the man on the exterior of the bridge and also found an abandoned bicycle.

Police began speaking to him and were ultimately able to grab the man and pull him back over the railing, Kasper wrote. He was transported to Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

“Thanks to the calm and swift actions of these responding officers, the matter ended peacefully and with no injuries,” Kasper said. 

The bridge was briefly closed during the incident.

Michael Connors can be reached at mconnors@gazettenet.com. 


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