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State highway workers save suicidal youth who jumps from I-90 bridge near Sioux Falls

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- South Dakota Department of Transportation workers apparently saved the life of a suicidal, disorderly runaway youth who jumped off an Interstate 90 bridge in northwest Sioux Falls on Wednesday, Aug. 15,  and then tried running into traffic on the roadway.

The four workers, according to the Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Department, first alertly diverted traffic and attempted to help the runaway as they saw him climb onto the interstate overpass about 2 p.m.

A South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper also arrived and attempted to talk to the youth.

However, the runaway jumped off the bridge and the workers attempted to break his fall.

Once he was down, the sheriff’s office said the runaway attempted to further injure himself by running into the busy interstate traffic.

The workers, however, held the runaway down as he tried to escape.

The DOT workers continued to assist law officers and medical personnel by helping keep the runaway still while medical assistance was given. The youth was then transported to a local hospital.

One of the DOT workers had minor scrapes and was treated at the scene.