SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS RADIO) – Lanes on the Bay Bridge have finally reopened after being shut down for hours overnight and this morning due to a person in distress.
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The man was sitting on the railing of the Bay Bridge. He lit a cigarette and then very quickly CHP officers tackled him and took him into custody. This was after over seven hours of negotiations that shut down several lanes of traffic.
CHP spokesperson Mark Andrews told KCBS Radio that for a lot of the time, the man was on the outside of the bridge railing. "He was getting tired, we saw an opportunity to get him in custody safely and we took that opportunity and again, get him in custody without further incident," he explained.
According to Andrews, the negotiators offered the man the cigarette.
As a result of the shutdown bridge, a traffic jam formed, impacting the morning commute, as well as several car crashes in the backup overnight, including a double fatality, which remains under investigation.
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental illness, you can call or text 988, the national suicide prevention hotline.
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