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Teen dies after jumping from Spartanburg RR bridge

Oct 25, 2010 9:22:00 AM - thestate.com
A Spartanburg teen has died after jumping from a railroad bridge to avoid an oncoming train.

Dwayne Corn with the Spartanburg County coroner's office says 16-year-old Timothy Vann of Spartanburg died after jumping about 50 feet from the bridge over the Pacolet (PAK-let) River on Sunday afternoon. An autopsy was planned Monday.

Investigators say Vann and a 17-year-old friend had gone to the area to take pictures and were on the bridge when a northbound train approached.

Multiple media outlets reported the 17-year-old friend also jumped and suffered only minor injuries. That friend's name was not released.

It took firefighters two hours to recover the body.