Teen girl describes falling from bridge, says friend pushed her

Jordan Holgerson, center, speaks from the hospital where she's recovering from five broken ribs and an injured lung. She suffered injuries after she was pushed off a bridge near Moulton Falls. KATU photo

YACOLT, Wash. (KATU) – A 16-year-old girl says it was her friend who pushed her off a bridge over Moulton Falls on the Lewis River, causing her to break five ribs and suffer a lung injury Tuesday.

Jordan Holgerson’s terrifying plunge was captured on video.

Thursday, she spoke with KATU News from her bed at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center where she’s recovering.

In an interview, she said she had initially wanted to jump off the bridge after she saw a friend do it.

“I went to the top of the bridge and my other – my friend she came up to the bridge with me,” Holgerson said as she described the moments leading up to the push. “And so, she was counting down, but I didn’t think anything of it. And I was like, ‘No, don’t count down, like, I won’t go if you count down. I’m not ready.’ And then, she pushed me.”

Holgerson doesn’t remember falling, but she remembers entering the water. When she surfaced, she thought she was swimming back to shore fine, but bystanders on land noticed she was drowning.

Holgerson said she didn’t feel any pain at first, just a lot of adrenaline.

“And then an EMT that was off-duty helped me onto the rocks and just a whole bunch of people surrounding me were helping me, calming me down,” she said.

Now, Holgerson has a long road to recovery ahead of her. She was thinking of trying out for the high school volleyball or soccer team, but instead she’ll be resting and taking walks for the next several weeks.

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