Columbiana Co: Woman jumps off bridge to save her life

1:42 PM, Feb 23, 2012   |    comments
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SALEM -- Alyssa Boyle, 22, and a friend, along with a Pennsylvania man, are in fair condition after falling over 40 feet, Sunday.

Boyle, who is from Salem in Columbiana County, was driving with a friend through southwest Pennsylvania early that morning.

They noticed a man had flipped his vehicle, going around a curve on I-79.

The two young women, who are nursing students at Waynesburg University, stopped to help.

As they assisted, a semi truck sped around the curve so close to the three that they had no choice but to jump over the side of the overpass.

They fell more than 40 feet.

The two students and the man were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in West Virginia.

Boyle's injuries were the worst, but all three have been upgraded to fair condition.

A 2008 graduate of Union Local Schools, Boyle's teachers remember her as a friendly, kind student.

They say it would be in her character to stop and help a stranger, no matter the circumstances.

"She's very caring, all the way through. I know she's in everyone's hearts right now. Our thoughts are with her family," said the Union Schools superintendent.


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