Police end standoff on railway bridge

THERE was high drama on the Fitzroy River railway bridge yesterday when police feared a woman would jump. About 7am police received information that a woman was either asleep or unconscious near the railway tracks.

However, when they arrived at the scene they were confronted by a more serious situation. ? The 39-year-old Rockhampton woman was in a position to jump or fall from the bridge when she told police she had taken a quantity of medication not meant for her. The area was immediately cordoned off and the bridge closed as negotiations began.

A northbound train was delayed.

Rockhampton police Sergeant Gary Walsh said there was a 25minute standoff before the woman was coaxed off the bridge.

She was attended to by Queensland Ambulance officers and taken to Rockhampton Hospital where a mental health assess- ment was to be carried out.

Sergeant Walsh said at no stage did the woman threaten self harm, however, it was a good end to a situation which could have been much worse.

"Obviously if she alleged she had taken medication not meant for her, whether or not that was true at the time, her position on the bridge meant that she was a risk to herself or anyone else using it,'' he said.

No charges were laid.

Sergeant Walsh said the woman had been attended to by emergency services personnel earlier in the morning, in Quay Street, after suffering asthma problems.

"Police had offered to give her a lift home then but she declined,'' he said.



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