PUYALLUP, Wash. — A 16-year-old is dead after jumping over a bridge railing and falling about 30 feet (9 meters) to a sandbar along the Puyallup River.

The Puyallup Police Department received a report at 3:50 a.m. Thursday about a juvenile who had fallen off one of the North Meridian Bridges.

Officials found a 16-year-old male who had suffered critical injures from the fall. He was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital where he died.

An investigation revealed that the 16-year-old boy and a 15-year-old friend were walking across the bridge when the older boy jumped over the railing, apparently thinking the two bridges were connected. The two side-by-side bridges carry northbound and southbound traffic on North Meridian Street.

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