405 Freeway reopened in Inglewood; jumper in custody

Traffic backs up on the 405 Freeway after it was shut down in both directions.
(Melissa Etehad / Los Angeles Times)

Authorities temporarily shut down the 405 Freeway in both directions in Inglewood on Tuesday after a man was spotted sitting on an overpass with his feet dangling, snarling rush-hour traffic.

The freeway was closed at Florence Avenue about 4:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. The incident was reported to authorities about 4:10 p.m.

By 5:20 p.m., the man who was threatening to jump was in custody and paramedics were taking him to a hospital. The freeway was reopened soon after.


Los Angeles firefighters removed air rescue cushions they had placed in the roadway.

A Sigalert was issued about 5 p.m., with the CHP estimating that the freeway would be closed for an hour. Authorities warned commuters to avoid the area and expect delays.

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