Foresthill Bridge Plunge Claims Life of El Dorado Hills Teen
A 17-year-old youth died after jumping Wednesday from the 730-foot-high Foresthill Bridge, near Auburn.
The Placer County Coroner’s Office identified the teen Thursday as Adam M. Sampson of El Dorado Hills.
Dispatchers took a call from construction workers on the bridge at 10:18 a.m. reporting a potential jumper standing at the center of the span’s north walkway.
A deputy arrived on the bridge shortly afterward but the youth turned, crossed over the 4½-foot-high railing and dropped into the canyon.
The body was observed on the Foresthill side of the North Fork of the American River and the Placer County Sheriff’s Office dive team was able to retrieve it from the canyon. The dive team had been training at the confluence, less than a mile downstream from the bridge, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Dena Erwin said Thursday.
Plunges from the bridge, the fourth highest in the nation and highest in California, have taken the lives of 65 people, according to an unofficial count that uses Auburn Journal and Sheriff’s Office records. Built initially as a crossing over a reservoir that was to have been created by the long-delayed Auburn dam, the bridge was opened in ...