Man suffered medical emergency before going off Roland Kampo Bridge

Published: Aug. 27, 2018 at 11:28 AM CDT
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A 44-year-old Appleton man died after his vehicle went off a bridge in Winnebago County Friday evening.

The Sheriff's Office says Miguel Bedolla Vargas suffered a medical emergency while driving. He died after the rescue.

On Aug. 25, Vargas was driving east on Highway 10 when he fell unconscious while behind the wheel.

His car hit a retaining wall and continued on the Roland Kampo Bridge. It went off the roadway, down an embankment and into a retaining pond on the east end of the bridge.

"Multiple people who witnessed this occur immediately sprung into action, entering the water to rescue and render aid to the victim, bringing him to shore and performing CPR," reads a statement from the Sheriff's Office.

Vargas died at a hospital.

The Racine St. off-ramp was closed for more than four hours for investigation and crash scene clean up.

There were no passengers in the vehicle.

"We offer of deepest condolences to the victim's family. We also offer our sincere thanks to the many people who stopped to help. Your quick actions assisted in allowing family members to be notified in a timely manner and allowed them time to respond to the hospital to be with their loved one before he passed," reads the statement.

The following departments responded to the scene: Winnebago County Sheriff's Office, Fox Crossing Police, Menasha Police, Wisconsin State Patrol, Fox Crossing Fire Department, Neenah-Menasha Fire Rescue, Oshkosh Fire, and Gold Cross Ambulance.