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

Posted August 14, 2014 3:53 p.m. EDT
Updated August 14, 2014 3:56 p.m. EDT

Orange County Sheriff's Office cruiser

— 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.