Teen shocked by wire, falls 30 ft from Old Sartell Bridge

- Family members say Danny Fleigle is in a medically induced coma at HCMC after he was shocked and fell from the top of the old Sartell Bridge Wednesday night.

"Danny is so awesome. Everybody loves him. He's very popular. He's such a good kid. He's adventurous and maybe this is what happens when you get a little too adventurous," said Fleigle's aunt Lori Volkers.

Sartell police say 16-year-old Fleigle was one of a half dozen teens who crawled out onto the bridge.
They say Fleigle was walking on a beam on top of one of the arches when he touched an electrical line and fell 30 feet to the bridge deck below unconscious and not breathing.

"They said he had climbed up there and was kind of horsing around. At some point, he grabbed a wire that was up there. He was electrocuted and then he fell," said Sartell Deputy Chief Dale Struffert.

Fleigle's friends called 911 and performed CPR until police arrived a couple of minutes later. One of the officers was able to get a pulse and Fleigle breathing again after shocking him with a portable defibrillator.

First responders had to climb over pipes and I-beam to get the kids because the bridge doesn't touch the river bank on the side the teens went in on.

"It was just a bad place to be and I warn people those areas are warned off for a reason," said Struffert.

Even though the bridge is fenced off on both ends, that doesn't stop people from venturing out on it.

Volkers hopes what happened to her nephew will be a lesson to anyone else considering doing the same thing.

"We hope Danny pulls through this. That he learns a valuable lesson from this. He can't walk on water. He's not invincible," said Volkers.

The bridge has been closed since 1982. Its only purpose is to carry utility lines.  After this, some wonder if its time to tear the bridge down.


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