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Paramedic dies after fall from overpass

Alexandria paramedic Joshua Weissman, 33, suffered a severe head injury after falling from Interstate 395 Wednesday. (City of Alexandria)

Alexandria fire officials said in a statement that Weissman died at 4:25 p.m. on Thursday. He suffered “a severe head injury” in the fall, the statement said.

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9 February, 11:50 A.M. Update: Virginia State Police say their investigation continues into Wednesday’s incidents.

In a statement, autorities said Weissman was trying to reach a burning vehicle by “climbing over the cement barrier along I-395 when he fell through a gap and into Four Mile Creek, 30 feet below the interstate.

Weissman, who suffered life-threatening injuries, is still alive, police said.

8 February Update:

The paramedic was hurt while responding to a vehicle fire on Interstate 395 in Shirlington. (VDOT)

The Arlington County and Alexandria fire departments were called to an overpass in the HOV lanes in Shirlington for the report of a vehicle fire shortly before 6:30 p.m., said Dustin Sternbeck, an Arlington police spokesman.

An Alexandria fire and EMS ambulance stopped in the northbound lanes of I-395 to reach the burning vehicle, said Corinne Geller, a spokeswoman for the Virginia State Police.

The paramedic, Joshua Weissman, 33, of Bristow, is a seven-year veteran of the Alexandria fire department, officials in the department said in a statement late Wednesday night. Weissman was being treated at Washington Hospital Center.

The medic felloff the overpass and into Four Mile Creek, about 20 feet below the interstate, authorities said.

CPR was performed on the paramedic at the scene, Sternbeck said. The nature of the medic’s injuries was not known.

Authorities closed the ramp to the HOV lanes for several hours, causing major delays in both directions.



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