Man dies after falling off bridge into Kentucky River

JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) A man is dead after falling off a bridge into the Kentucky River.

Search and rescue teams were called to the old U.S. 27 bridge that connects Jessamine and Garrard Counties early this morning after a report of someone going into the water.
The Jessamine County Sheriff's office tells us emergency crews dragged the river for a couple of hours before finding the body of 35-year-old John David McFadden of Lexington.

Investigators say McFadden and a friend had climbed over the railing of the bridge onto a lower platform and when they were leaving McFadden slipped and fell 30 to 40 feet into the river.

"Barriers here are just to stop vehicular traffic, it's a non-maintained bridge at this point. It is opened to foot traffic unfortunately, there's just no way to keep people off of it. But it is a non-maintained bridge, so as it ages it becomes more dangerous," said Jessamine County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Purcell.

The Jessamine County Coroner tells us McFadden's cause of death appears to be from drowning.
The sheriff's office tells us it does appear alcohol was involved in the accident.

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