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Woman who jumped off overpass being held in jail

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Gazette Staff
April 24, 2008
— An Evansville woman who jumped off a railroad overpass onto a train below Wednesday night was in jail this morning after being treated at a local hospital, according to the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.

Lisa Collins, 28, of 313 Higgins St., Evansville, was traveling east on Interstate 90/39 when deputy Adam Scott clocked her at 81 mph at about 7 p.m., Cmdr. Troy Knudson said.


Collins pulled off the Interstate onto the Highway 11 bypass, stopped on the railroad overpass, jumped over the railing onto a Union Pacific railroad car parked below and then jumped to the ground, Knudson said.


An ambulance crew found her beside the train, Janesville Fire Department Lt. David Sheen said.


“The railroad car was 20 feet tall, and from there she jumped another 15 to 18 feet,” Sheen said.


Paramedics needed Union Pacific workers to unlink train cars so they could put Collins onto a backboard and get her to the ambulance, Sheen said.


“Luckily, they (railroad workers) were around. We don’t go climbing through train cars,’’ Sheen said.


Knudson said the car Collins was driving had been “freshly stolen.”


Deputies are investigating if Collins was involved in the vehicle theft, Knudson said.


Collins was taken to the Rock County Jail after being treated at Mercy Hospital in Janesville.


She was arrested on an outstanding warrant for disorderly conduct and a bench warrant accusing her of failing to appear in court on previous charges of obstructing, theft, battery, criminal damage to property, bail jumping and misappropriation of identification.


She picked up a new charge of obstructing and was cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, trespassing, speeding and operating after revocation, Knudson said.



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