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Photos: Man Won't Get Off Of Overpass Sign, Shutting Down The 5 Freeway
It's Friday. It's rush hour. And part of the 5 Freeway in East L.A. has been shut down because of a man who is either suicidal or a tagger caught in the act.It is not clear why the man was clinging to the sign at the Downey Road overpass near Olympic Blvd., but his presence caused a SigAlert at about 4 p.m. today, KTLA reports. Both sides of the freeway have been closed; northbound 5 (Santa Ana) Freeway traffic was diverted onto the 710 (Long Beach) Freeway while southbound traffic was diverted onto Dittman Avenue.
Early reports said the man appeared to be clutching a spray can and was a tagger, but authorities have said he refused to come down and was possibly suicidal. In either case, they are treating him as such and have placed a big, inflatable mattress below. Here are some photos from the scene:
If someone you know exhibits warning signs of suicide: do not leave the person alone, remove any firearms, alcohol, drugs or sharp objects that could be used in a suicide attempt, and call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or take the person to an emergency room or seek help from a medical or mental health professional.