Officials: Woman trapped in drawbridge might face charges
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- The South Florida woman who made national headlines after she was caught on camera clinging to a raised railroad drawbridge will likely be charged with trespassing if she does not contact authorities, officials said.
Railroad police have been looking for Wanda McGowan for more than two days, but have not been able to reach her.
The 55-year-old Dania Beach resident was left hanging more than 22 feet in the air after attempting to cross the New River Railroad Bridge on Oct. 12 when it began to open. A fire rescue crew used a 24-foot ladder to bring her down safely.
A representative for the Florida East Coast Railway said they have no basis to refrain from charging her, unless she provides more information that could change their opinion. McGowan's family claimed she is legally blind and was unable to see the "No Trespassing" signs at the drawbridge's entrance.
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