A 13-year-old boy was taken to Marietta Memorial Hospital after he reportedly jumped over the boardwalk handrailing and fell through a deteriorated plank on the east end of the Historic Harmar Railroad Bridge around 4:30 p.m. Saturday.
"The squad stabilized him and took him to Memorial," said Lt. Jack Hansis with the Marietta City Fire Department.
Amanda Moore with WASCO was working at the Marietta Harbor snack bar when the boy fell.
"He was conscious and just seemed to have a scuffed-up elbow," she said.
A young witness said he saw the boy jump over the railing and fall through the plank.
"He was screaming when he fell," he said.
Hansis said firefighters pulled the loose boards off the bridge, including a broken 2-by-12-foot plank and a 12-by-12-foot railroad tie that had fallen off of the structure during the accident.
A section of the River Trail hiking and biking pathway that passes beneath the bridge near the site of the fall has been closed to pedestrians and bikers until an engineer can examine the structure for stabilization on Monday.
Brooks Harper with the Harmar Railroad Bridge Company, owners of the span, said the boardwalk along the north side of the bridge remains stable and there were no plans to close the walkway to pedestrians crossing the bridge during the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival this weekend.
"The walkway is fine, it sits on its own supports," he said. "But we broke out the remaining planks (on the older section of the bridge).
"We have run kids off the old section before, but they seem to want to climb back out there again," Harper said.
The injured youth's name was not released on Saturday.
Marietta City Police assisted at the scene.
The railroad bridge was temporarily closed to pedestrian traffic in 2008 while engineers examined the structure and work was performed to stabilize the main bridge and walkway.