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Man who jumped from interstate bridge dies

Chris Dorst
Jeff Hamilton, Norfolk Southern Corp. trainmaster, and J.B. Kahle, special agent with Norfolk Southern, investigate the scene near Capitol Market where a Putnam County man jumped to his death from the Interstate 64 overpass on Thursday afternoon.

A Putnam County man driving his family along Interstate 64 stopped on the Leon Sullivan Exit ramp and jumped to the train tracks below, killing himself.

Paramedics took Charles Hudnall, 57, of Winfield, to CAMC General Hospital where he later died from his injuries, said Sgt. Bobby Eggleton of the Charleston Police Department.

Hudnall had been driving his wife and two grandchildren down Interstate 64 at about 1:40 p.m. Thursday when he stopped in the traffic lane of the Leon Sullivan Way exit ramp, said Charleston Police Lt. Shawn Williams.

Hudnall then got out of the vehicle and jumped over the concrete barrier, landing on the train tracks near Capitol Market below.

Williams said Charleston Police Cpl. Kevin Oldham was patrolling the interstate when he spotted the stopped vehicle.

"He assumed there had been a car crash. He got there literally just after [Hudnall] had jumped," Williams said.

Oldham called for paramedics, who arrived a short time later.

Eggleton said there was no evidence of a domestic dispute or argument prior to Hudnall's fatal jump. He called it a "sad situation."

"We believe it was a previous medical condition that prompted this," he said.

Reach Travis Crum at travis.crum@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5163.


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