Jaw-dropping video: cyclist falls into Menasha bridge opening

Published: Jul. 16, 2018 at 2:59 PM CDT
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Video shows a heart-stopping close call for a bicyclist who fell through a gap in a Menasha bridge--and the people who came to the woman's rescue.

It happened July 4 after the fireworks in Menasha.

Action 2 News just received the video from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

At about 10:30 p.m., the video shows warning gates descend to stop traffic from driving on the Racine Street Bridge. The bridge was rising to the open position to let boat traffic pass.

The bicyclist drives through the space between the warning gates and in an instant disappears into a gap.

A little over a minute passes before people realize what happened and rush to her rescue.

One person pulls the woman and her bike from the gap while another appears to be on the phone to officials. More people rush over to help.

The bridge operator was alerted to the incident and kept the span open until the area was clear.

Police say the 37-year-old Menasha woman was taken to a Neenah hospital and treated for facial injuries.