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Tumble from bridge still a mystery

By Bob Buckel | Published Saturday, February 16, 2013

A 25-year-old Fort Worth man who fell from a bridge on U.S. 380 west of Decatur Thursday afternoon may be the subject of an inquiry by the Wise County Sheriff’s Office.

Jeffrey Curry was airlifted to a Fort Worth hospital Thursday afternoon after falling about 15 feet into Sandy Creek. Curry used his own cell phone to call 911 at 1:04 p.m. complaining of back pain and numbness in his legs after he fell into the shallow, rocky creek.

FALL GUY - Air Evac Lifeteam personnel work on 25-year-old Jeffrey Curry as they get ready to fly him to a Fort Worth hospital Thursday afternoon. Curry was injured when he fell from the U.S. 380 bridge into Big Sandy Creek west of Decatur. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

FALL GUY – Air Evac Lifeteam personnel work on 25-year-old Jeffrey Curry as they get ready to fly him to a Fort Worth hospital Thursday afternoon. Curry was injured when he fell from the U.S. 380 bridge into Big Sandy Creek west of Decatur. Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Wise County EMS responded and medics were able to get him on a backboard and manually carry him up the slope to the roadway. Deputies shut down westbound traffic, and the helicopter landed on 380.

Sheriff David Walker said last November Wise County EMS were called to attend to Curry after he complained of chest pains while sitting on a bench.

And according to a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Curry was rescued by Fort Worth firefighters on Jan. 20 after he placed a 911 call – also on his own cell phone – to report he had fallen about 8 feet from a ledge near the south shore of Lake Worth.

Curry told officers he had been walking his dog, lost his footing and fell down the side of a cliff.

“I will be asking my troops to look into the fall and see if there is anything that does not add up,” Walker said.

At presstime there was still no report from that investigation, and medical information on Curry was not released.

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