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At-Risk Survivors have misadventures that stop short of the ultimate sacrifice. Nevertheless we salute the spirit of their colossal blunders with an Honorable Mention. Better luck next time!

Runaway Bridge
2000 At-Risk Survivor
Confirmed True by Darwin

R.Mark Boddy "says, "There was a police officer sitting in his car about 25 yards from this. I saw a live news report when the camera went from the reporter and followed this car off the bridge. The ensuing struggle between Police Officer and driver was something to see!"

(1 July 2000, New Mexico) Two young men driving a dark-blue two-door vehicle removed a barricade festooned with numerous warning signs indicating bridge closure, drove past several heavy construction vehicles, and launched themselves off the end of a demolished bridge in Albuquerque on Saturday. The car careened across a roadbed of unpaved I-beams before plunging 30 feet and burying its front end in a dirt embankment at the junction of I-25 and I-40. The young men were taken into police custody unharmed. A spokesman for the state Highway and Transportation Department isued a public plea for common sense. "Don't go through those barricades. Find another route. It's the only safe thing to do." The seat belt law is strictly enforced in New Mexico, but unfortunately there is no law against stupidity.

Has anybody seen the bridge?
Where's that confounded bridge.
-Led Zeppelin

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DarwinAwards.com © 1994 - 2018 Submitted by: David W, John Jenkins, Eddie Schuhmann, Larry W. Greenly
Reference: Albuquerque Journal, Associated Press, Chanel 13 News, Grand Rapids Press

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