A man jumped off of Highway 65 at CC in Ozark Wednesday afternoon after crashing his car on the bridge.
Ozark Police Sergeant Jered Drye tells KTTS Assistant News Director Nancy Simpson that police were called to a traffic complaint at CC and 65 involving a red passenger car. While en route, Drye says another call came into 911 for a traffic accident involving the same car.
"When officers arrived on scene, witnesses say the operator of that vehicle exited the vehicle and jumped off the side of the bridge onto 65 Highway. At that time, the operator was transported to the hospital for medical attention," said Drye.
Sergeant Drye would not confirm other injuries to the driver who landed on the northbound lanes of Highway 65. He says the driver was alive as he was loaded into an ambulance.
Witnesses have taken to social media saying the man injured himself before jumping. Witnesses also say there is a large amount of blood on the bridge.
Kendra Reese says she was making her way back to the office in Ozark when she noticed the crash on the CC bridge over Highway 65.
"A younger looking gentleman - in his 30's - jumped out the car covered in blood from his chest to the top of his knees. He was jumping around and throwing his hands up in the air. He had jumped into traffic on the bridge, and the older gentlemen in the pickup (in the crash) pulled him back over. The next thing I knew, he walked over to the side of the bridge. He had his hands on it - and kind of stepped back. The light changed and we went on through," said Reese.
Reese says she had her windows down and heard people walking, headed to help, yelling he had jumped. She says there was an ambulance in front of her...and on the scene very quickly.
"He had his arms up. I didn't see any blood on his arms. It was just from his chest to his thighs. He had on khaki pants and a light-colored, light blue and orange polo shirt. You could just see the blood pouring through it. He didn't hit hard enough for this to be caused in the accident," added Reese. "What got me the most is that he didn't look very old. Maybe in his 30's."
Police and emergency management were asking drivers to avoid Highway 65 at CC in Ozark.
Motorists were backed up for more than an hour during afternoon drive Wednesday.
The Ozark PD is currently working motor vehicle crash on US HWY 65 & CC. Please slow down. If possible, use an alternate route. pic.twitter.com/S2iTDdn8za
— City of Ozark, MO (@OzarkMO) September 27, 2017