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Bridge Jumper Breaks Legs of Inner Tube Rider

Guy on tube never saw it coming
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 24, 2013 2:33 PM CDT

(Newser) – A western Montana man floating on an inner tube suffered broken bones in his legs and torn ligaments in his knees when another man jumped from a bridge and landed in his lap. Andy Hill of Missoula and his wife were floating under a bridge on the Clark Fork River near East Missoula Sunday when the man landed on him, KECI-TV reports. It was apparently just a case of horrible timing on the part of the jumper, who wasn't trying to harm himself, just go for a swim.

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"Suddenly I had intense pain and was under water," Hill says. "There was a guy on my lap and he rolled off my lap and he just kept apologizing saying, 'I'm sorry, I'm sorry, I'm sorry.'" The man swam Hill to shore, still on the inner tube, and the man's friend helped Hill as well. Hill suffered broken bones in both lower legs and a cracked femur in his left leg and will likely spend the rest of the summer in a wheelchair or on crutches. Missoula County authorities say the man who jumped could be charged. (Read more Montana stories.)

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