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Man dies in jump from Orange County bridge over I-40

Posted August 14, 2014

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— A man died Thursday afternoon after jumping off a bridge over Interstate 40 north of Chapel Hill, Orange County authorities said.

The man, whose name hasn't been released, was sitting on the side of the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard overpass at about 12:15 p.m., and he jumped as a concerned driver pulled over to see if he needed help, authorities said.

The man landed near a guardrail on the shoulder of westbound I-40, which was about 25 feet below the overpass, authorities said. He wasn't hit by any vehicles on the highway, they said.

The right lane of westbound I-40 was closed for about an hour after the incident as paramedics and Orange County deputies investigated the case, leading to some traffic delays.


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  • Amy Carey Aug 18, 2014
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    I am an atheist and I don't find it at all offensive if someone chooses to pray for me. I think that any good thoughts put out there make the world a better place. I fail to see the logic in being offended at every little thing. I find it offensive that in the United States of America, we can't be UNITED about FREEDOM of religion. Let someone pray if they want, leave it alone.

  • Grand Union Aug 15, 2014

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    Its the result of a mental illness called Depression. There doesn't have to be a rational "why".
    And no, calling some else beliefs "mythological" does not indicate you have all the answers...its the myth that is claiming that and many find that offensive, doubly so when its used in reference to a person who may well be not of that, or any, religion.

  • Southern Gal Aug 15, 2014

    I will too be praying specifically for you that you may find peace while you journey thru this world. Best wishes.

  • ncpilot2 Aug 15, 2014

    To "Welfarequeen," Many people find relief in their beliefs or find peace when others wish them well with thoughts of prayers. Your comment is arrogant and to call someone else's beliefs "mythological" indicates that you, somehow, have all the answers.

  • Andy Hairston Aug 15, 2014
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    Southern Gal was expressing her own grief and sympathies. Please don't make this about your own lack of belief.

  • 678devilish Aug 15, 2014

    So sad. Suicide never sovles nothing. It just leave the family and friends broken and never know the WHY!

  • welfarequeen Aug 15, 2014

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    We really don't know if this man was religious or not. He may have been muslim, hindu or Atheist. Please don't make this about you and your particular mythological belief system at this time of grief.

  • Don Dickerson Aug 15, 2014
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    I'm thankful the gentleman didn't throw himself in front of unsuspecting and allegedly innocent drivers. A man has a right to determine his own end, no matter the law. God knows enough lives are ended these days without input or cooperation of the deceased, so more power to him, I say.

  • Southern Gal Aug 14, 2014

    DITTO, to ANNEONYMOUSONE's comments. Sad circumstances all around.
    Pray for anxious souls to find peace and comfort only thru Him who can provide in this fallen world we live in. God bless the family, the good samaritan, and the responders.

  • Anne Walker Aug 14, 2014
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    My best thoughts are with this troubled man, and his surviving friends and family. Also in my heart today are the "concerned driver" and first responders.