No charges filed against woman trapped on bridge
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (WSVN) -- Railroad officials said they will not press trespassing charges against a woman who found herself trapped on a bridge on Oct. 12 because she is legally blind.
Officials at the Florida East Coast Railway said they will not file charges against Wanda McGowan after an interview with her Monday. "Based on an interview with her, the likelihood of success in prosecution does not appear to be good," said Florida East Coast Railway Senior Vice President Robert Ledoux.
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.
According to McGowan's family and friends she did not see the "No Trespassing" signs at the drawbridge's entrance because she is legally blind.
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