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NIGHTMARE: 77 Year Old Plunges To Death As Drawbridge Opens…


I don’t know about you, but I never feel safe on a drawbridge for some reason.

An incident in Milwaukee, Wisconsin makes me even want to trust them less.

A 77-year-old man who was visiting Milwaukee was killed earlier in the week after a drawbridge opened up while he was walking on a drawbridge.

The man was walking with his wife but his wife survived the incident due to her walking faster ahead.

NBC News had these details to share about the horrific accident:

A 77-year-old man visiting Milwaukee with his wife was killed this week when the drawbridge he was walking across began to open, causing him to plunge to his death.

Richard Charles Dujardin, of Providence, Rhode Island, was about halfway across a bridge near Kilbourn Avenue and Riverwalk Walk on Monday when it began to rise, according to a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report.

His wife, Rosemarie Dujardin, had already made it across to the other side.

“He tried to catch up to her but was not fast enough. He grabbed onto the side rail, but ultimately lost his grip and fell onto the pavement below,” the report says.

Dujardin fell an estimated 71 feet and suffered severe head trauma, the medical examiner said. Police performed CPR, but he was pronounced dead at the scene.

His wife told authorities that they had arrived in Milwaukee on Friday and were staying at a hotel downtown, according to the medical examiner’s report. They were scheduled to fly home on the day of the accident.

ABC 7 News got the scoop too:

A Rhode Island man vacationing in Milwaukee fell to his death after a drawbridge was raised while he was walking across it.

Richard Dujardin, 77, of Providence, Rhode Island, was crossing the Kilbourn Avenue Bridge in downtown Milwaukee on Monday afternoon with his wife, according to a Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office report.

Rosemarie Dujardin made it across the bridge, which spans the Milwaukee River, but her husband was about halfway across when it began to open. He grabbed onto a side rail as the bridge sections rose to a 90-degree angle, but he lost his grip and fell about 70 feet to the pavement below, the report states.

He suffered a head wound and was pronounced dead at the scene, investigators said.


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