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Man rescued after incident on I-94 bridge

A distraught man was rescued early Friday during an episode on the Interstate 94 bridge in Hudson.

A friend headed westbound at about 2:15 a.m. on the interstate noticed the man’s vehicle parked on the bridge and got out to render aid, said Hudson Police Chief Marty Jensen.

The friend alerted authorities and was able to talk the distraught man -- a New Richmond resident -- out of plans to jump from the bridge, Jensen said. The I-94 bridge crosses the St. Croix River.

The friend was not out looking for the other man, Jensen said. Rather, the two men worked at the same snow removal company and were on their way to start a shift in Minnesota, Jensen explained.

Hudson police, Hudson firefighters and medics, the Wisconsin State Patrol, the Minnesota State Patrol and St. Croix County sheriff’s deputies all responded to the incident, which Jensen said lasted about 20 minutes.

Officers on the scene mainly observed as the friend talked the man back to safety, the chief said.

The man was transported to a hospital after being taken into custody by authorities on the scene.

The man does not face any charges or citations, Jensen said.

Mike Longaecker

Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker

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