Teen falls from Vine Street Expressway overpass

Justin Udo
May 21, 2018 - 10:34 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — An 18-year-old man is in critical condition after falling from an overpass onto a major roadway.

Shortly after midnight, three men who were having car trouble stopped on the Eighth and Vine streets overpass to see what was wrong with the vehicle.

One of the men fell from the overpass to the Vine Street Expressway.

Police are investigating the incident as to whether it was an accident or if he was pushed.

"[It] is about a 30-foot drop onto concrete, and he did have trauma to his head," explained Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "When police found him he was unresponsive."

The man was taken to Hahnemann Hospital, and police are looking through real-time crime cameras as they continue their investigation.

"Family members and friends that were with him believe he was intoxicated," Small added. "They also believe he was messing around when he was outside of the car, and we believe he may have jumped or it may be accidental — we're not certain at this time. But central detectives are going to do an investigation."