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Dallas Firefighter Dead After Fall From Bridge

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(KXAS) -- A Dallas firefighter died Monday night after he fell about 40 feet from an icy overpass onto a bridge below.

It happened in Southwest Dallas as firefighters and other emergency crews were at the scene of an accident on Spur 408 where it passes over Interstate 20.

Initial reports indicated a passing car slid on the ice and hit the firefighter, forcing him over the side of the bridge.

Dallas Fire-Rescue identified the firefighter as 40-year-old  William Scott Tanksley.

Tanksley was a 14-year veteran firefighter with Dallas Fire-Rescue assigned to Fire Station 12. He was killed while assisting in a motor vehicle crash. 

He fell onto the ramp from Spur 408 to eastbound I-20.

"A lot of people got out of their cars," said witness Antuanette Parram. "He was just laying there."

She said the fireman -- in uniform but not wearing a helmet -- was face down and unresponsive.

Fellow rescuers initially called for a CareFlight air ambulance, but weather conditions were too poor to fly. The fireman was rushed by ground ambulance to Methodist Central Hospital in Dallas where he was pronounced dead upon arrival, according to Dallas Fire-Rescue.

"There was nothing we could do," Parram said.

Tanksley leaves behind a wife and three children.

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