Man in US makes fatal jump from 30m bridge with 2 young sons in his arms; both kids miraculously survive

The motorway bridge in New Jersey from where Mr John Spincken made his fatal jump.
The motorway bridge in New Jersey from where Mr John Spincken made his fatal jump. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM NORTHJERSEY.COM

A 37-year-old man in New Jersey jumped off a 30m motorway bridge to his death on Monday night (Oct 24), but the two young children he had in his arms miraculously survived the fall.

The body of the man, identified by the New Jersey State Police as Mr John Spincken, was discovered at around 9pm local time in a wooded area near the Wanaque River.

His infant sons, aged one and three years old, were found conscious. They suffered serious injuries that were not life-threatening, the BBC reported.

It is believed that their fall was cushioned by tree branches.

Pequannock Township police captain Christopher DePuyt said: "If there's a silver lining, it's that the kids are okay."

Preliminary investigations revealed that Mr Spincken had intentionally jumped with the children.

Local media reports suggested that he had been involved in a domestic dispute with his wife. He allegedly threatened to hurt himself and the two children before leaving with them in the family vehicle.

A check on Mr Spincken's Facebook page showed that he frequently posted loving photos and videos of his two sons.