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101 Freeway reopens in Hollywood after 10-hour closure over man threatening to jump

101 Freeway closed in Hollywood
The 101 Freeway was closed in both directions early Tuesday.
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Traffic was beginning to flow on the 101 Freeway in Hollywood again after a man who had threatened to jump from an overpass — prompting a 10-hour closure — was taken into police custody Tuesday morning, authorities said.

The California Highway Patrol had closed the northbound and southbound lanes of the freeway at Hollywood Boulevard about 11:45 p.m. Monday after receiving reports of a person threatening to jump.

Police and fire officials responded to try to coax the man down. Video footage showed the man, who was not identified, clinging to the side of a metal gate on the side of the overpass.

Shortly before 10 a.m., authorities announced the man had been taken into custody by the Los Angeles Police Department. He was not injured, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

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The freeway was closed into the morning rush hour with motorists driving north being directed off the freeway at Hollywood Boulevard and southbound drivers being diverted at Sunset Boulevard, according to the CHP.

The situation made for a nightmare morning commute, with the 101 backed up for miles. Surface streets around Hollywood also were jammed.

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