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Update: Medic dies of injuries after fall from Va. overpass

Joshua Weissman was leaving an ambulance at the scene and fell from the interstate into creek

SHIRLINGTON, Va. — An Alexandria paramedic who fell from a cement barrier along Interstate 395 on Wednesday night has died, according to the Alexandria Fire Department.

Joshua Weissman who suffered a severe head injury in the fall, died at 4:25 p.m. Thursday. Weismann had been responding to a car fire near South Glebe Road in Shirlington when he fell into a rocky creek below the interstate.

Virginia State Police says Wednesday night, it received calls of two separate incidents at Interstate 395 near South Glebe Road at the Alexandria-Arlington County line. One call involved a three-vehicle crash in the northbound lanes of I-395 while the other call involved a vehicle fire in the HOV lane, open to southbound traffic.

According to Virginia State Police, the Alexandria Fire Department responded to the scene of the car fire. Their ambulance stopped in the northbound lanes of I-395 along the HOV lanes to get to the vehicle. State police say separating the I-395 lanes from the HOV lanes are two cement barriers with a three-foot gap in between. There is no pavement between the two barriers, say police, much like other locations in that area.

Virginia State Police now say that Alexandria Fire Department paramedic Joshua Weissman, 33, of Bristow, Va. was climbing over the cement barrier to get to the vehicle when he fell through the gap and into Four Mile Run Creek, approximately 30 feet below the interstate.

Weissman, who worked out of the Seminary Road Station in Alexandria, was extricated from the creek by Alexandria City and Arlington County firefigthers and taken to Med Star with life threatening injuries.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Republished with permission of WUSA9

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Amy L. Norman Amy L. Norman Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:29:17 PM So sorry to hear. Prayers going out to his personal family & to his EMS, fire & police family. RIP Brother. Amy N., Paramedic.
Brenda Childers Kidd Brenda Childers Kidd Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:30:32 PM my prayers are with his family and friends and co-workers!
Lisa Mason Lisa Mason Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:31:12 PM Our deepest thoughts and prayers to the family.
Tammy Marcum Tammy Marcum Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:37:37 PM Sorry to hear this my thoughts and prayers going out to the family and his EMS family to RIP Brother. Tammy EMT.
Susan Watts Susan Watts Thursday, February 09, 2012 5:50:31 PM What a terrible tragedy. My prayers go out to his family and friends. RIP Brother. Sue, NYS AEMT-CC.
John F McCrory John F McCrory Thursday, February 09, 2012 6:03:00 PM He was a Brother and a friend to all of us at CHFD and Bangs Ambulance. God bless and keep him. Prayers for his wife Becky and his family.
Heather Horne Salton Heather Horne Salton Thursday, February 09, 2012 6:14:27 PM I am so sorry to hear this. My thoughts and prayers go to the family and Alexandria Fire Department.
Jess Clark Jess Clark Thursday, February 09, 2012 6:25:37 PM oh my. So sorry to hear this. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Merry Coats Merry Coats Thursday, February 09, 2012 6:32:29 PM Prayers to the family, friends and co-workers from Montana. EMS is a very dangerous job. Thank you for the ultimate sacrifice. Your Life! We are former EMS/EMTs.
Garry Collins Garry Collins Thursday, February 09, 2012 6:34:54 PM Sorry to hear about this, I just stayed at the Sheraton that overlooked his station. Prayers go out to family and his work family.
Margo Santoro Margo Santoro Thursday, February 09, 2012 7:14:12 PM Prayers to the family from Stoddard Fire and Rescue, New Hampshire.
Dee Stoesz Dee Stoesz Thursday, February 09, 2012 7:26:13 PM thoughts to the family!
Norman Sterling Norman Sterling Thursday, February 09, 2012 7:46:37 PM May God be with you and your family.
Catie Holstein Catie Holstein Thursday, February 09, 2012 8:32:23 PM How Horrific. My deepest condolences to our fallen brethren and his friends and family.
Dave Taylor Dave Taylor Thursday, February 09, 2012 8:39:36 PM RIP brother. Prayers go out to family!
Debbie Sudak Debbie Sudak Thursday, February 09, 2012 11:14:51 PM Thoughts and prayers to his family, friends and co-workers...RIP. Debbie, EMT
Dave Weiss Dave Weiss Thursday, February 09, 2012 11:41:18 PM Heaven's Best Be with You Joshua.
Ronda Wrich Ronda Wrich Friday, February 10, 2012 4:30:27 AM So sad to hear and my thoughts and prayers go out to his home and EMS families. I believe we often forget the risks of EMS and how each routine call has the potential for us risking our own lives. Ronda, Paramedic
Pam Wegner Pam Wegner Friday, February 10, 2012 9:36:36 AM What a tragedy!
Mike Lynch Mike Lynch Friday, February 10, 2012 11:54:41 AM Our prayers are with the family of the paramedic and for our firefighter family at Alexandria FD.
JimPat Garrity JimPat Garrity Friday, February 10, 2012 3:34:41 PM Were very saddened to hear this. Our prayers go out to his family and friends.
Robert Gift Robert Gift Friday, February 10, 2012 7:59:07 PM So sorry. Why is there a gap? Who would expect such a gap? Near Vail, Colorado, a man fell to his death going over a barrier which he thought merely separated the roadway from terrain. The barriers happened to continue onto a bridge. His widow wants such barriers marked/painted to indicate that they are on a bridge.
Sherry June Mikels-Lassiter Sherry June Mikels-Lassiter Saturday, February 11, 2012 8:26:51 AM Add a comment...What a sad thing to happen to a man who saved many lives in his own life. To the family, my condolences.I am so sorry forthe loss of Joshua.
Vicky Pajaron Risher Vicky Pajaron Risher Saturday, February 11, 2012 10:40:49 AM prayers to his family...terrible.......

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