On Saturday night at approximately 7:30 pm, a man attempted suicide by hanging himself from the FM-1988 / US-59 overpass. The sequence of events are as follows. A woman spotted the man at the edge of the bridge with a rope around his neck. She reported to the Polk County Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office radioed the situation to deputies. Trooper Kevin Burman (with the Texas Highway Patrol) heard the transmission and immediately proceeded to the scene (from US-190 East). Trooper Burman got there within 3 minutes (first person on the scene). Burman ran to the rope and observed the man hanging by the neck over the bridge (The rope was tied to the truck). Burman was quickly joined by Sergeant David Ramsey with the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Within seconds, a Park Ranger pulled up to the scene. All this while Burman and Ramsey are trying to pull the man back up. The Park Ranger (we don't have his name) jumped into the truck and helped pull the man back up. The man had no pulse and wasn't breathing. CPR was administered and the man was resuscitated. At time of press, the man is still alive.
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Law enforcement vehicles on the FM-1988 / US-59 overpass on Saturday night (02/18/17).
Man Allegedly Attempts Suicide by Hanging from FM-1988 / 59 Overpass, GOODRICH, February 18, 2017 - At approximately 7:30 pm on February 18, 2017, Deputy Jason Burleson with the Polk County Sheriff's Office pulled up to the FM-1988 / US-59 overpass to find a man who allegedly had just hung himself. The man allegedly tied a rope to his pickup, and threw himself over the south side of the bridge. Burleson was quickly joined by Troopers Darwon Evans and Kevin Burman with the Texas Highway Patrol. Allegiance Ambulance Service was also dispatched to the scene. The first responders pulled the man back up. First responders began CPR inside the ambulance and the man (at time of press) was reportedly still alive. The man was rushed to CHI Livingston Memorial Hospital by ambulance. That's all the details that we have at this time. When we receive more information on this story (including who the man is) we'll update this story. The victim's pickup was recovered by Ken's Towing and will be stored at Harrison Body Shop in Livingston.
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An orange X marks the spot where the man allegedly hung himself.
The victim's pickup was recovered by Ken's Towing.
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