FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida (CBSMiami) - The South Florida woman seen dangling
from a raised railroad bridge and rescued by firefighters will not face
charges as a result of the incident.
Florida East Coast Railway senior vice president Robert Ledoux told WFOR CBS4 News that they are not pressing trespassing charges against Wanda McGowan, based on the recommendation of the Fort Lauderdale Police
Ledoux told The Sun Sentinel it's also because McGowan is legally blind.
Police responded to multiple 911 calls the morning of Saturday
October 12th, of a woman dangling from the railroad bridge that crosses
the New River in Ft. Lauderdale.
McGowan was dressed in all pink because she had just taken part in a
breast cancer awareness walk in downtown Fort Lauderdale, along with
thousands of other people.
Cellphone pictures and videos of McGowan appeared all over Twitter and Facebook.
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The 55-year-old woman was crossing the bridge when it began opening
but due to her poor eyesight, couldn't move quick enough to get off the
tracks before the bridge completely raised.
A second unidentified woman, was also on the bridge at the time but
she managed to step to safety just as the opening between the bridge and
land was widening, Ledoux told the Sentinel.
McGowan stayed on and hung on for about 20 minutes, until firefighters deployed a 24-foot ladder to rescue her.