Kyle Conrad, 21, of Jensen Beach, Florida, died after sustaining fatal personal injuries to his head after falling from a railroad bridge in downtown Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Conrad was crossing the bridge with his friend Joe Cundall. The young men were using the bridge as a shortcut when the bridge rose while they were crossing, trapping them in the air. Conrad fell into the river, striking his head; Cundall fell to the ground sustaining personal injuries to his back and ankle. Conrad was taken to Broward General Medical Center where he was later pronounced dead.
The dual-track bridge is 32-years-old and although “No Trespassing” signs are posted on the bridge, access to the bridge is not blocked off. The bridge is controlled remotely and lowered automatically to let trains pass. In 1992, a 24-year-old man was trapped on the bridge when the bridge began to rise in the middle of the night. The 24-year-old was rescued by firefighters and later charged with trespassing. No one has been charged regarding the accident involving Conrad and Cundall. If you would like to read more on this incident please see Two young men cross railroad bridge, one sustains fatal head injuries, the other sustains personal injuries to back and ankle.