Man died in apparent suicide after falling from railway bridge onto I-29 in Fargo, police say

The man struck the roof of a semi before bouncing onto the pavement.

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Emergency personnel are seen cleaning up the scene after a man fell from a railway bridge onto Interstate 29 just north of 12th Avenue North on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022.
Melissa Van Der Stad / The Forum
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FARGO — A man killed himself when he let go of a railway bridge over Interstate 29 in Fargo, police say.

Emergency personnel were dispatched at 6:22 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, to the bridge just north of 12th Avenue North. A man who was not identified by police climbed on the bridge and let go just as a semi was approaching, according to the Fargo Police Department’s initial investigation.

The man struck the roof of the semi and fell onto the interstate, police said.

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The railroad bridge over Interstate 29, just north of 12th Avenue North. Emergency personnel can be seen on both sides.
Melissa Van Der Stad / The Forum

Traffic was backed up as police and fire personnel gathered under the bridge to examine the scene, with a few personnel on the railway bridge itself.

The man was transported via ambulance to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.


Based on witness accounts and video, law enforcement declared the incident a suicide.

No other injuries were reported at the scene, and Fargo police expressed appreciation for all the people who stopped to help the man and who provided statements to the officers on scene.

Police were working Wednesday afternoon to identify the man. Law enforcement declined to name the semi driver but said he was not facing any criminal charges.

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