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

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.