Motorcyclist survives 75-foot fall off bridge in South Carolina, police say

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Authorities in South Carolina say a motorcyclist survived a 75-foot fall after being thrown from his bike during a crash. Charleston Police spokesman Charles Francis said officers were called early Friday morning and found a damaged motorcycle against a retaining wall of an Interstate 26 overpass in Charleston. 

Francis said in a statement that officers found the motorcyclist — who was conscious — on the ground under the bridge in a fenced-off area owned by the city. CBS News affiliate WCSC-TV reports the motorcyclist was located near the Parks Department building. 

Firefighters had to cut through a lock to reach him.   

Francis said paramedics took him to the hospital, but his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening. The driver's name was not released. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.