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Spokane man injured in downtown bridge fall

A Spokane man suffered serious injuries after falling about 40 feet down an embankment at a downtown bridge Sunday afternoon.

Donald Quigley, 47, had problems with his legs and had lost a significant amount of blood from a head wound when firefighters pulled him from under the Post Street Bridge about 3 p.m. Sunday, said Spokane police Officer Tim Moses.

“He was still conscious and talking to us,” Moses said. “But he’s going to be hurt for a while.”

Fire crews used a rope and basket to pull Quigley about 30 feet straight up, then hoisted him the 10 feet to the street and into an ambulance. Quigley had been drinking and was trying to get to a camp under the bridge when he fell, Moses said.

The rescue came about the same time fire crews rescued another man stuck under the Monroe Street Bridge on the south side of the Spokane River.

The man had climbed down to look at the river and couldn’t get up.

He was not injured, according to the Fire Department.