Apr 20 2012 by David Wynn, Kilmarnock Standard
A YOUNG man remains in a serious condition in Crosshouse Hospital this week after plunging 40 feet from the railway viaduct in Kilmarnock town centre.
The 20-year-old youth worker from Onthank – who we have chosen not to name – jumped from the top of the archway directly above Portland Street at around 8pm on Sunday.
A police officer who was passing at the time tried to talk the troubled man down and used his patrol car to block traffic going under the bridge.
But despite the officer’s efforts the young man crashed to the ground below in front of horrified motorists and pedestrians.
He was rushed by ambulance to Crosshouse Hospital’s intensive care unit as extra police arrived to close surrounding roads.
People were also not allowed to leave the nearby Gala Bingo or Fanny By Gaslight pub while police sealed the area.
Thankfully the man’s condition is not life-threatening, although he did suffer severe leg injuries.
One eyewitness told the Standard: “I’m so glad to hear his injuries aren’t life-threatening as it was an incredible height he jumped from. I hope he can get the help he needs.”
l If you are feeling suicidal or suspect that someone you know is considering suicide, contact Samaritans on 08457 90 90 90 (24 hours) or Breathing Space on 0800 83 85 87 (Monday to Thursday, 6pm to 2am; weekends, Friday 6pm to Monday 6am).