ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A man has survived a fall of about 55 feet from a bridge in downtown St. Paul.

Police say 20-year-old Stefon Banks was crossing the bridge with friends and hopped over a railing he thought had a landing on the other side. Instead Banks fell to Raspberry Island below.

Authorities say Banks was conscious when police and paramedics arrived. He was taken to Regions Hospital where he was listed in critical condition Thursday, but improved to fair condition on Friday.

St. Paul public works spokeswoman Shannon Tyree tells the Pioneer Press Banks was crossing the bridge on driving lanes that are not for pedestrians.

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Comments (11)
  1. Lukas says:

    I hope he learned his lesson. Good thing he still has his life.

    1. Max Power says:

      Wow I know…..what would we do without this genius ?!

      1. Trent Steel says:

        Oh, hey! Great name!

  2. See BS says:

    I don’t think it’s the first time this happened, 2 men jumped from the bridge a few years ago and died.

    Maybe they need signs on the bridge about jumping.

    1. Real Talk says:

      Darn…so close to a Darwin Award!!!

  3. Real Chalk says:

    Apparently, this guy and his buddy were having an argument before he jumped. Looks like he was wrong in the argument, because he doesn’t have a leg to stand on! badump, bump! :p

    1. taylor banks says:

      he do have his leg and he didnt jump please dont say nothing negative about my cousin

  4. Mike Hawk says:

    I guess you should LOOK BEFORE YOU LEAP.

  5. Dave says:

    Had to be after midnight. Just had to.

  6. Max Power says:

    Really ? You think we should require a sign that warns everyone that if you jump, you get thrown off or even fall off this structure, you will not stop until reaching the surface area below at a relatively high speed.
    Serious injury or death could & likely will result.


    St. Paul Public Works Department.
    MN. DOT

  7. Bill says:

    One problem, after the jump he is only 19″ tall.

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