Bond Bridge Reopens, Crews Stop Search For Jumpers
Emergency workers reportedly began searching the Missouri River late Thursday morning after two or possibly three people were seen jumping from the Bond Bridge.
Update 1:32 p.m. KCUR's Dan Verbeck reports that the abandoned pickup found on the bridge has been towed. Rescue boats have been removed from the scene, and no rescue was performed. The focus for now will turn to identifying the truck's owners.
Update 1:23 p.m. The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas City Fire Department's rescue crews have stopped the search: "Crews continued to search until about 1 p.m. when they pulled the boats out of the river. They did not find anyone."
Update 12:53 p.m. KC police spokesperson Steve Young reports that a man and woman were seen jumping from the Bond Bridge late Thursday morning. The woman appeared to be holding a blanket, leading to speculation they may have taken a child with them, but this information is not confirmed. There is an abandoned pickup truck on the bridge. Crews are searching the water.
Update 12:50 p.m. Some lanes of the Bond Bridge are open, according to this Tweet from @moDOT_KC:
I-35 @ Bond Bridge open to 2 lanes of traffic northbound and southbound.Police activity in area - pls use ALT RTES to avoid delays
— MoDOT Kansas City (@MoDOT_KC) March 21, 2013
Police have closed lanes of Interstates 35 and 29 at the Bond Bridge.
KCUR's Dan Verbeck (@dan_verbeck) has reported to the scene and will update with any new information.