MENASHA, Wis. - A good samaritan is being credited with potentially saving a Wisconsin woman's life after she fell into the crevice of a draw bridge while riding her bike on Wednesday, July 4.
The incident, which was caught on video by Wisconsin Department of Transportation cameras, shows the 37-year-old woman riding her bicycle between a set of crossing arms that had been lowered to warn motorists and bicyclists that the draw bridge was being raised for a boat passing underneath the bridge.
After passing the crossing arms, the woman-who is noticeably swaying back-and-forth on her bicycle- proceeds to bike further onto the bridge. That is when she is seen falling into the bridge's crevice face-first. After falling, only a portion of the bikes front and back tires can be seen in the video.
Meanwhile, while the woman remained stuck in the crevice, the bridge continued to move upwards-potentially crushing her. That is when a good Samaritan, who was in a nearby vehicle stopped near the draw bridge, stepped into action.
"His actions prevented her from falling into the water or being crushed by the bridge if it were closed," the Menasha Police Department said in a Facebook post. "The damn just north of the bridge could have increased the likelihood of a tragic ending if the bicyclist fell into the water."
The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to a local hospital and treated primarily for facial injuries, police said.