‘Suicidal’ Man Causes Shut Down of 5 Freeway In East L.A.

By City News Service

A possibly suicidal person on an overpass today caused the complete shutdown of the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in East Los Angeles, causing major backups in either direction as the afternoon rush got underway, authorities said.

The individual, described only as male, was seen on a freeway traffic camera grasping a sign attached to the Downey Road overpass, just west of the Long Beach (710) Freeway transition.

Northbound Santa Ana Freeway traffic was being diverted onto the Long Beach Freeway and southbound vehicles were being diverted onto Dittman Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. The transition road from the northbound Long Beach Freeway to the northbound Santa Ana Freeway was also closed, according to the CHP.

A sergeant at the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station said the man was considered possibly suicidal.

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2 Responses to “‘Suicidal’ Man Causes Shut Down of 5 Freeway In East L.A.”

  1. Larry Miller on July 25th, 2014 5:56 pm

    Hard working, law abiding citizens are always being victimized by loonies one way or another. It’s clear this poor soul, whoever he is needs help. It’s just too bad hundreds of thousands of innocents are going to have their plans interrupted and stuck on the freeway until this unfortunate incident ends. Worst nightmare. What does one do when nature calls while you are stuck on the freeway for hours? I know it would be a problem not only for me but hundreds of thousands of other innocent human beings. Sad.

  2. Pam on July 25th, 2014 6:37 pm

    Really. And How Much Did This Cost The Taxpayers Let him jump. I can not believe this ,to Shutdown of not One but FIVE freeways .People Use Your Heads Can We Make him reimburse us for this !!!!!

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