Ohio man jumps from bridge to avoid crash, dies

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CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio authorities say a man who jumped from a bridge while trying to avoid being struck by an oncoming tractor-trailer has died from injuries he suffered in the fall.

The Chillicothe Gazette reports 34-year-old Christopher Stiffler of Jackson jumped over a bridge wall on U.S. 35 in Chillicothe following a series of crashes.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says Stiffler had stopped his disabled car partially in the road around 6 a.m. Tuesday. Two other vehicles swerved to avoid Stiffler's car, but struck his vehicle as well as each other's. As an oncoming tractor-trailer approached the disabled vehicles and lost control, Stiffer jumped over the bridge to avoid being hit.

The patrol reported Stiffler was taken to a hospital, where he died from injuries sustained from the 30-foot drop.

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