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Authorities search for person who jumped off Sunshine Skyway Bridge

TAMPA — Authorities were searching late Saturday night for a person who jumped from the center span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Just after 7:30 p.m., a Florida Highway Patrol trooper spotted a pickup driving in the emergency lane and pulled behind the vehicle, said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. As the trooper prepared to approach the truck, the driver got out and jumped off the bridge without hesitation, Carter said.

Later, authorities discovered the truck had been reported stolen.

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