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Woman identified in Interstate 5 suicide attempt

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A woman injured when she fell last week from a Blaine freeway overpass has been identified, authorities said.

Angela Hampton, 36, of Blaine, likely attempted suicide when she dropped off the Hughes Avenue bridge onto the northbound lanes of Interstate 5 about 2:20 p.m. Oct. 2, said Washington State Patrol Trooper Heather Axtman.

“According to a witness, a construction flagger, that person said it looked like Hampton grabbed the rail and just rolled,” Axtman said.

Firefighters reported Hampton suffered facial injuries and a broken leg, according to emergency radio traffic from the scene. She wasn’t hit by a vehicle, Axtman said.

Hampton was taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital, then transferred to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Axtman said. She was listed in serious condition Tuesday and was expected to survive.

Axtman said it wasn’t initially known whether the fall was accidental or intentional. Hampton likely won’t be charged with a crime, Axtman said, because she was the only one harmed.

Bridge height at that location is 16 feet 11 inches, according to the state Department of Transportation.

It was the same overpass where Blaine resident Dennis D. Hill, 59, killed himself by jumping onto the freeway on Sept. 6. He was hit by a semitrailer.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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