A passenger bus was credited with breaking a man's fall from a pedestrian overpass on Highway 99 in Elk Grove on Friday afternoon.
Elk Grove police dispatchers received a call about 2:40 p.m. regarding a man who was standing outside the fence on the overpass just north of Elk Grove Boulevard, said Sgt. Josh Magdaleno, police spokesman.
Officers were on scene within minutes and a hostage negotiation officer began talking with the man, Magdaleno said. Traffic on the northbound freeway was stopped and a sheriff's deputy worked to maneuver a passenger bus underneath the overpass.
The man lost his grip on the fence and fell onto the top of the bus, Magdaleno said.
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Officer Michael Bradley, California Highway Patrol spokesman, said the distance from the overpass to the top of the bus was likely 5 to 7 feet.
The man was transported to an area hospital.