Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Bridge tumble injures boy, 12

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

[photo] Newport authorities investigate the place where a 12-year-old boy fell from the Taylor-Southgate Bridge on Tuesday. He remains hospitalized.
(Glenn Hartong photo)
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        NEWPORT — A Newport Middle School student fell off the Taylor-Southgate Bridge Tuesday afternoon — hitting the paved road nearly 40 feet below.

        Dustin Isbel, 12, is in fair condition at Children's Hospital Medical Center. A nursing supervisor said Dustin received facial injuries that were not life-threatening.

        The child was walking over the bridge with friends to swim at the Serpentine Wall in Cincinnati, said Dustin's godfather, Jay Richards of Arlington Heights. The boy's home in Newport is near the bridge.

        Dustin was attempting to jump from the road portion of the bridge to the pedestrian walkway to join his friends at 2:45 p.m., said Newport Police Lt. Pat Moore. The boy misjudged the 4-foot gap and fell. He was on the Kentucky side of the bridge and landed on the access road to Riverboat Row, home to popular floating restaurants.

        Dustin was met by his parents at the scene and taken by ambulance to the hospital, where he remained Tuesday night.



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