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Teen says she’s ‘happy’ to be alive after friend pushed her off 60-foot bridge

A Washington teen remains hospitalized days after cameras reportedly caught a friend pushing her off a bridge, leading her to plummet into the water 60 feet below.

Jordan Holgerson, 16, told KATU from a hospital bed Thursday that she’s “happy to be OK” following an ordeal that left her with six cracked ribs and extensive internal injuries. Holgerson recalled how she initially wanted to jump off the Moulton Falls bridge after seeing a friend do it but changed her mind moments before a friend violently pushed her.

The Columbian reported that a possible acquaintance of Holgerson’s grandmother had posted the disturbing footage to social media.

“I went to the top of the bridge and my other–my friend…she came up to the bridge with me,” she told the news station. “And so, she was counting down, but I didn’t think anything of it. And I was like, ‘No, don’t count down, like, I won’t go if you count down. I’m not ready.’

“And then, she pushed me.”

In the video, Holgerson can be seen trying to position herself so she hits the water feet first. Instead, she does a belly flop, eliciting gasps from her friends up above. The 16-year-old told The Columbian that she was awake when she slammed into the water.

Holgerson told KATU that a friend named Taylor saved her from drowning. In addition to six cracked ribs, reports indicated she also suffered a bruised esophagus, an injured trachea, and got air trapped inside the lining of her lungs. Her recovery is expected to take weeks.

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The teen’s mother, Genelle Holgerson, previously told the Longview Daily News that the person who pushed her daughter is an adult woman. Speaking with KATU, the mother-of-four also said she hopes the so-called friend turns herself in.

No criminal charges have been filed in connection with this incident. The Clark County Sheriff’s Office has reportedly advised the teen not to publically identify the people she was with or the person who pushed her as they conduct their investigation.

[Featured Image: KOIN video screengrab]