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DATE/TIME: Wednesday, April 21st, 2004 / 03:45 PM
SUBJECT:UPDATE RIVER BRIDGE FALL VICTIM IDENTIFIED

We have identified the man who fell from the Front Street railroad bridge onto the Mohawk River shoreline last night.

Charles Bleyl, 41, of South Ferry Street, Schenectady, apparently fell from atop a concrete landing on the northeast corner of the bridge. He fell 34 feet below, struck a concrete abutment that extended out from the concrete wall he was sitting atop, and then fell another 5 feet onto the river shoreline. At this time, we still do not know what caused Bleyl to fall. At about 8:15 p.m., a bicyclist riding across the bridge from Scotia to Schenectady stopped when he reached the Schenectady side of the bridge and noticed Bleyl on the ground. It is unknown how long Bleyl had been lying there.

The cyclist went to BLs tavern on Front Street and called 911. Schenectady Fire and Police Department personnel responded and rescued Bleyl, who had sustained a head injury. He was transported by ambulance to Schenectady County Community College where a Med Flight helicopter was standing by. He was then flown to Albany Medical Center for further treatment.

Bleyl sustained a concussion, a dislocated shoulder, and fractured vertebrae in his back. Although he is still in critical condition, he is conscious and medical personnel do not believe his injuries are life-threatening. Detectives have not yet had the opportunity to speak to Bleyl.