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Clarkston Man FALLS 100 Feet

LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) - Authorities say a Clarkston man is in critical condition after falling more than 100 feet from a railroad bridge into the Clearwater River.

Lewiston Police Capt. Tom Greene says Steven Townsend and a friend had been riding their bicycles Tuesday afternoon when Towsnend decided to climb to the top of the bridge and jump.

The Lewiston Tribune reports that police say the 47-year-old man showed no signs of suicidal thoughts.

Witnesses told authorities that Townsend landed in the water on his back.

He was unconscious and had been floating face down for about 15 minutes when Lewiston Fire Capt. Phil Ashe swam to the middle of the river to rescue him.

Townsend is believed to have suffered collapsed lungs and was in critical condition Tuesday night.
      
      
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