Alabama woman in mental health episode threatens to jump from tree onto railroad tracks

4 month ago

Birmingham news, Alabama news.

A Birmingham woman suffering a mental health crisis was rescued by emergency workers Friday evening after they spent hours convincing her not to throw herself onto railroad tracks.

Fire and Rescue Service crews rushed to the scene at Georgia Road and Oporto-Madrid Boulevard shortly before 6:30 p.m. after receiving reports of a woman trapped in a tree.

Negotiations with the 32-year-old woman lasted for more than two hours with Norfolk Southern stopping trains from using the tracks.

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  • The woman was ultimately helped down to safety and taken to a hospital for treatment.

    “Each person who responded and assisted with this call exemplified our motto which is Excellence Through Service,” the service said on a Facebook post.

    “Their resilience, patience, bravery, and professionalism contributed to the successful rescue of this victim.”