FedEx Driver Falls 75 Feet Off Bridge After Stopping To Help Stranded Driver


A FedEx driver who stopped to help a stranded driver had to be rescued after falling 75 feet off of a bridge in North Carolina.

Jeremiah Cribb was one of two FedEx contract truck drivers who stopped to help a stranded motorist on the bridge over the Yadkin River in Rowan County around 2:30 a.m., WBTV reported.

While they were helping the motorist, they saw a tractor-trailer coming toward them. Cribb was worried the truck would not see them in order to stop in time, so he jumped over what he thought was a concrete median.

“I was flashing my light on and off, and he was in the left lane,” Cribb said to WSOC-TV. “(The driver of the tractor-trailer) didn’t merge, and we didn’t know if he was gonna hit the car. But, I kinda had a feeling that he was, and he smashed into the car.”

“When I realized he was going to hit the car, I just reacted on instinct. it’s pitch black dark. I thought I was hopping over a median,” Cribb told WBTV.

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But instead of landing softly on the other side of a median, Cribb said he “started free-falling” 75 feet and ultimately landed on a dirt bank.

Emergency personnel from the Miller’s Ferry and Salisbury Fire Departments and Rowan Rescue responded to the scene and it took about 45 minutes to rescue the good Samaritan.

Firefighter Jacob Vodochodsky rappelled off the bridge with a medical bag to reach Cribb and pull him to safety, according to WSOC-TV.

“I gave him a little pinch on the leg, because the way he was laying there, looked like he may have been paralyzed from that great of a fall,” Vodochodsky said. “He felt it.”

The firefighter also checked to see if Cribb had a concussion because “he had no idea where he was at.”

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“He didn’t know what happened. He had no clue where he was at,” Vodochodsky told WBTV. “We shared a couple of personal moments and let him know he was alright. We kept telling him he was doing great and we’d get him out of there.”

First responders said that Cribb was in good enough shape that they were able to stand him up and bring him back up the bridge, WSOC reported.

“To be honest, that’s entirely miraculous,” Salisbury Fire Battalion Chief Nicholas Martin said.

Cribb was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem with three fractured ribs and a collapsed lung, but he is grateful to be alive.

“I just thank God I’m alive,” Cribb told WSOC. “Words can’t describe it. I’m still trying to wrap my head around it.”

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Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. A University of Oregon graduate, Erin has conducted research in data journalism and contributed to various publications as a writer and editor.
Erin Coates was an editor for The Western Journal for over two years before becoming a news writer. She grew up in San Diego, California, proceeding to attend the University of Oregon and graduate with honors holding a degree in journalism. During her time in Oregon, Erin was an associate editor for Ethos Magazine and a freelance writer for Eugene Magazine. She has conducted research in data journalism, which has been published in the book “Data Journalism: Past, Present and Future.” Erin is an avid runner with a heart for encouraging young girls and has served as a coach for the organization Girls on the Run. As a writer and editor, Erin strives to promote social dialogue and tell the story of those around her.
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