Trigger Warning: This story contains graphic content.
A woman from the United States apparently has taken her own life after jumping from an overpass in Hanoi, Vietnam. The woman was witnessed walking along the railing of the bridge before jumping from the overpass said police.
Vietnamese news VTC reported that shortly after 10 am on Thursday March 21st, witnesses saw a young foreign woman on Vo Nguyen Giap Street (Hanoi) jumping from the overpass right opposite T2 Noi Bai International Station.
Local residents found the injured woman and quickly had her rushed to hospital. She died from her injuries before reaching the emergency room.
Hanoi police identified and reported the deceased woman as 31 year old American Megan Hellebuyck from Michigan.
United States Woman Dies After Apparently Jumping From Overpass in Hanoi
A Facebook group post on a community group in Hà Nội had expressed concern for a woman fitting Megan’s description who had been acting strangely around Kim Mã.
The person who wrote the post said she tried in vain to help, but the woman wouldn’t accompany her to the American Embassy.
What lead to the incident is still unknown and the Public Security Agency is still investigating the reasons behind the tragedy.
The woman had just started an adventure with Remote Year. The company organizes groups to travel the world for between 4-12 months while working remotely at the same time.
Sam Pessin, Co-Founder of Remote Year issued the following statement to Travel Off Path.
“We are incredibly saddened by the passing of one of our program members, and our hearts are with the individual’s family and friends. Out of respect for the family’s privacy, we will not be commenting further”
Sam Pessin | Co-Founder Remote Year
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