NICHOLS, N.Y. - A Town of Barton man committed suicide Sunday by jumping into the Susquehanna River from a bridge in Nichols, N.Y., authorities said.

Allan C. Vrooman, 53, was pronounced dead at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre on Sunday evening, after his body was pulled from the river, Bradford County Coroner Thomas Carman said.

Vrooman "pulled up to the side of the bridge, climbed over the rail, and jumped" into the river, a New York state trooper said.

The bridge carries Route 282 over the Susquehanna River, New York State Police said.

Two witnesses, who were in separate vehicles, saw Vrooman jump, state police said.

The jump was reported at 4:12 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Nichols firefighters Justin and Howard Williams, who were in a rescue boat, removed Vrooman's body from the river approximately 1 1/2 miles down river from the bridge, Nichols fire Chief Truman Kittle said.

Vrooman was brought ashore at a boat launch just west of Tioga Downs, Kittle said.

Vrooman was then transported to Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, police said.

Vrooman's death was a suicide, and the cause of his death was fresh water drowning, according to Bradford County Deputy Coroner Jay Cummings.

Cummings said he pronounced Vrooman dead at 6:43 p.m. Sunday.

Vrooman lived at the intersection of Route 17C and DePew Road, police said.

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