“You can lose your life and none of that is worth a selfie!”
A stern warning:
That’s a real life warning issued by police in a California county for thrill seekers looking to take an exciting selfie.
This warning was posted on the Placer County Sheriff’s Office Facebook following an incident where a woman fell 60 feet off the Foresthill Bridge on Tuesday. The bridge is the highest in California and one of the highest in the United States, standing at an impressive 730 feet.
The Sheriff’s Office didn’t identify the woman but said that she was from Sacramento with a group of friends. They were walking on the bridge’s girders when she “attempted to take a selfie and fell. Landing on a trail below.”
A friend of the woman, Paul Goncharuk, told CNN affiliate KOVR that she had to be airlifted to a nearby hospital, and that “she was knocked unconscious, suffered a deep gash to her arm and fractured bones that will require surgery.”
Goncharuk confirmed to KOVR that he was there. He said that what the police have stated was the truth and that “they were taking a picture on the bridge, and then the big bolts that are holding the beams together, she stepped on them kind of weirdly and lost balance and fell backwards.”
Not worth the risk:
Despite being a dangerous spot, but the bridge’s off-limits underbelly seems to be a popular for social media posting.
Following a series of pictures and videos of people dangling from walkways under the bridge, police have been patrolling the area more frequently.
Goncharuk told KOVR: “It’s a cool place to take pictures, but obviously not worth the risk.”
Police added that trespassers who are found on any closed portion of the bridge will be arrested