The Asheville Police Department has confirmed the death of a man who jumped from Smokey Mountain Bridge this morning. The jumper has been identified as a 37-year-old Asheville. APD received a call about the incident at approximately 9:32 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2.
"He was headed eastbound on 240. When he got to the bridge, he pulled left and almost immediately exited the vehicle and jumped," APD's spokesperson Lt. Wally Welch said. The Smokey Mountain Bridge is about 100 yards high. According to Welch, the man had been experiencing mental-health issues. The family has been notified.
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