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Published July 29, 2011, 01:35 PM

Man survives fall of 55 feet from St. Paul bridge

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

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 (http://bit.ly/qIPDEf ) Banks was crossing the bridge on driving lanes that are not for pedestrians.

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