Traffic Diverted Off Highway 99 Due to Suicidal Person

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UPDATED May 3, 6:07 a.m.:  Highway 99 reopened around 1 a.m. Friday  after being closed for 10 hours.

SACRAMENTO -- Officials are urging drivers to take alternate routes as traffic on Highway 99 at Mack Road has been brought to a halt due to a suicidal person on an overpass.

"I didn't even know what was going on until I had got on Facebook," said Sacramento resident Valencia Orosco. "We were stuck in traffic and I'm like, 'Somebody's trying to jump off the bridge or whatever, one of the bridges.' So we're stuck in traffic and it was like two hours we were stuck."

The situation lingered for eight hours as the suicidal man stood and sat along the East Stockton Boulevard on-ramp, shutting Highway 99 down in both directions.

The CHP says southbound traffic was diverted onto Mack Road and traffic going north was diverted onto Calvine Road.

Paramedics had to squeeze through it all to get into place in case the worst happened.

"What we're hoping is that no one is hurt during this event and it comes to a peaceful resolution shortly, we're hoping," said CHP Officer Jim Young.

Employees from the nearby CarMax hopped fencing along the northbound side of the highway to bring some cold, wet relief to those backed up behind the wheel in the hot afternoon sun.

The man's decision and what could be done to keep him and everyone below him safe was managed for hours by CHP negotiators.

"Our crisis intervention teams they go to training to deal with these kinds of situations, despite the other training they have just to be a police officer," Young said. "And they're using all that training right now to make sure no one gets hurt."

This is a developing story.

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