By Joseph Ax
| NEW YORK
NEW YORK Two young boys survived a 100-foot (30-meter) fall after their father leaped off a New Jersey bridge with them in his arms, police said on Tuesday.The father, identified as John Spincken, jumped from an overpass along Interstate 187 in Wanaque, New Jersey, sometime after 7 p.m. EDT (2300 GMT) on Monday in what police have described as a suicide.Spincken, 37, was found dead at the scene, but his 1- and 3-year-old sons were alive and taken to a hospital for treatment, according to Christopher DePuyt, a police captain in Pequannock, where Spincken lived.
The 1-year-old suffered a concussion, a bruised lung and a fractured rib, while his 3-year-old brother has a concussion, DePuyt said. Both were listed in fair condition at the intensive care unit at St. Joseph's Medical Center in Paterson and were expected to make a full recovery."It's a miracle, honestly," DePuyt said, adding that the boys' fall may have been slowed by foliage in the wooded area beneath the bridge.
A friend of Spincken's wife called the police just before 7 p.m., saying the couple had an argument before the husband threatened to harm the children and left with them in his car.Police from several departments worked with AT&T, using Spincken's cellphone signal to find him. One officer suggested checking the bridge, where they discovered Spincken's empty car, DePuyt said.
The state had installed 10-to-12-foot preventive fencing on both sides after several previous suicide attempts, but Spincken may have used his car to climb over, DePuyt said. (Reporting by Joseph Ax in New York; Additional reporting by Brendan O'Brien in Milwaukee; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)
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Published Date: Oct 25, 2016 11:30 pm | Updated Date: Oct 25, 2016 11:30 pm