Police: Man jumped off Route 30 bridge

Sean Philip Cotter

Police say a 20-year-old man from the city of Lancaster jumped from the Route 30 bridge into the Susquehanna River on Thursday evening.

Police are not yet releasing the name of the man, whose body hasn't yet been found, said Sgt. Russell Geier of the West Hempfield Police Department. The river lies within Lancaster County's borders, and that part of the river is in West Hempfield Township.

He said several witnesses told officers the man had been driving westbound at about 7:10 p.m. when he "abruptly stopped directly in the travel lane" about halfway across the bridge, got out, ran around the back of the car and leaped from the bridge.

No one else was in the jumper's car, Geier said. Police are investigating it as a suicide.

Friday, Jan. 15, 2016-Police say several people witnessed a Lancaster man stop his car in the travel lanes of the Route 30 bridge, background, and jump into the Susquehanna River at 7:10 p.m. Thursday.

For "an extended period of time" Thursday night, several police and fire crews searched the river between the bridge and the Route 462 bridge downstream, police said. The search will resume Friday morning, police said.

The Route 30 bridge spans the Susquehanna River between Lancaster County and York County, carrying vehicles between the Colombia, Lancaster County, area and the Wrightsville area.

— Reach Sean Cotter atscotter@yorkdispatch.com. Staff writer Julia Schieb also contributed to this report; reach her at jscheib@yorkdispatch.com