National Park Service officials released additional details Thursday about a suicide that occurred Wednesday when a woman jumped from the New River Gorge Bridge.

Robin Snyder, chief of interpretation and visitor services, reported that the jumper was a 53-year-old woman who drove onto the bridge, stopped and pulled a step-stool from her car. She used the step stool to access the bridge rail, ignoring pleas from several motorists who had stopped to talk to her, Snyder added.

Fayette County Sheriff’s Department Captain Jim Sizemore said the incident occurred around 4:30 p.m. and that the woman was not a local resident.

The woman won’t be named as it is the policy of the sheriff’s department to protect the identity of suicide victims, Sizemore said.

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