Northbound lanes of 5 Freeway in Anaheim reopened after man jumped off overpass


A man died Thursday when he jumped off a freeway overpass in Anaheim and into the roadway during rush hour, backing up traffic as authorities worked to reroute commuters.

Officers called to the scene found the man on the 5 Freeway shortly before 6 p.m. He had been struck by a car, California Highway Patrol Officer Garry Goldenberg said. Authorities closed all northbound lanes near Magnolia Avenue for about three hours. All lanes were reopened by 9 p.m.

About the same time the man died, Anaheim police were responding to a report of a pedestrian acting strangely in the same area, Goldenberg said.


“We don’t know if it’s the same guy,” he said. “It would make sense, the time frame is the same.”

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