Man Falls Approx. 40 Feet Trying to Cross Anaheim Street

The man is in serious condition. It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the fall.

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    A man is in critical condition after falling between 30 and 40 feet into the Santa Ana River bed while trying to cross a street near the Honda Center in Anaheim. Police said the man jumped over a barrier but did not realize there was a gap between the two sides of the road. Reggie Kumar reports live from Anaheim for Today in LA on Saturday, April 19, 2014. (Published Saturday, Apr 19, 2014)

    A man is in critical condition after falling nearly 40 feet into the Santa Ana River bed when he was trying to cross a street near the Honda Center in Anaheim Friday, police said.

    According to officials, the man jumped over a short wall to cross Katella Avenue but did not realize there was a gap. He fell and landed in a river bed. A passerby saw the fall and called 911.

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    Timothy Neunuebel was near the area when the man fell, and said he could hear the lights and commotion as emergency personnel responded.

    "Somebody apparently thought this bridge was solid all the way across," Neunuebel said.

    Rescue crews arrived on scene and transported the man to a local hospital. The man is in serious condition.

    It is unknown whether alcohol was a factor in the fall. It is believed that the man was leaving from the Anaheim Ducks hockey game, but that has not been confirmed.

    Police said there may be surveillance footage of what led up to the man's fall.

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