Fatal fall from Tyrone Bridge under investigation

January 23, 2009 

LAWRENCEBURG — Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Lawrenceburg man who fell Wednesday from Tyrone Bridge, the U.S. 62 span over the Kentucky River between Anderson and Woodford counties.

The body of Jeffrey L. Wainscott, 43, was recovered from the river by personnel from the Anderson County Fire District, said Deputy Coroner David Walden. The death, which has not been officially determined a suicide, was reported shortly before 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Walden, whose office is also investigating the death, said a motorist saw a man standing on the bridge, but did not see him fall or jump. Wainscott's vehicle was parked near an entrance to the bridge, Walden said.

An autopsy performed Thursday by the state medical examiner's office determined that Wainscott died of blunt force trauma from the impact with the water, Walden said.

The bridge, also known as the Blackburn Memorial Bridge, opened in 1932. The bridge is dedicated to Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn, a U.S. congressman and senator who also served as governor of the Panama Canal Zone.

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