Woman Clings for Life on Rising Railroad Bridge

Breast cancer walk participant holds on as bridge rises, anxious crowds watch escape.
1:38 | 10/13/13

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that woman walking in a charity weekend in florida, she just finished raising money, raising aw areness, when suddenly, a drawbridge was raising her into the air. Here's abc's gio benitez with the rescue that followed. Reporter: The frightening ordeal caught on camera. A WOMAN IN HER 50s, FRESH OFF A Walk for cancer, holding on for dear life, trapped on a rail road drawbridge. Oh, my gosh. She's stuck up there. Reporter: Stuck, still wearing that pink shirt, holding onto her purse. Any sudden move and she could end up in the river below. She wasn't supposed to be on the train tracks. In fact, we're told, a new no trespassing sign and a loud siren like this would have alerted her to the rising bridge. An eyewitness says she tried to warn her, but the woman didn't hear her. Really upsetting. People here were crying. People here were really concerned. Hold on! Oh, god. Reporter: The bridge in ft. Lauderdale, florida, is controlled remotely, more than 400 miles away in tallahassee. Police say it started to rise as she was walking on it. They were just telling her to stay on the bridge and to hold on, not to jump, not to lock her knees. Reporter: Just three years ago, on this same bridge, a college student walking to a party got stuck as the bridge startled to rise. He fell into the water and died. In this case, the woman, who police haven't named, held on long enough for firefighters to get to her, using a 24-foot ladder. A 20-minute rescue she'll remember for a lifetime. Yeah, amazingly, after more than 20 minutes up there holding on, the woman wasn't hurt. So many people cheering her on, david, perhaps it was harder than the walk itself. Gio, thank you. When we come back here, why actor michael douglas is

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