Man Climbs Onto Sign Over 110 Freeway, Traffic Grinds to Halt [UPDATED]
Traffic on the 110 Freeway near Seventh Street in Downtown came to a total standstill Monday afternoon as over two dozen firefighters have been brought in to get a man down from a sign above the busy roadway, according to City News Service.
At 2:40 p.m. the LAFD sent out the following brief alert: "1 male on freeway sign. Freeway shutdown. 29 LAFD on scene assisting."
A motorist who had been on the 110 North in the area saw the scene, and described the sight on Reddit:
"I saw a crowd of fire trucks and people on the bridge overlooking the 110[S] by the 8th st. exit that was at a standstill. People were pointing up and when I passed by there was a man standing on the side of the bridge with his shirt off and a huge balloon to cushion his fall underneath him. I've been looking online, listening to the radio, and watching the news but there is no info on this man. It certainly seemed like he was out to end his life."
Photos shot of the traffic show people with their car doors open, standing outside their vehicles.
Total Traffic reports the following:
In Downtown LA accident. three lanes blocked on 110 (SR-110 Pasadena Fwy) SB at 8th St/Exit 22
No additional information about the man or the rescue has been made available.
UPDATE 4:18 PM: Two lanes of the southbound 110 have been re-opned, says CNS. The California Highway Patrol says the person is now being removed, and all lanes should be open soon.