Despondent man on overpass prompts road closure
The Sacramento Police Department reopened a major thoroughfare into downtown Sacramento on Wednesday morning after detaining a despondent man who at times appeared to threaten jumping from a rail overpass, according to Matthew McPhail, police spokesman.
Police received reports of a man standing on the outside railing of an overpass above southbound North 12th Street near North B Street about 7:30 a.m. McPhail said the overpass is used by trains and was not intended for pedestrian use.
The man appeared to be having a mental crisis and was possibly homeless, McPhail said.
Police blocked off incoming traffic, stalling commuters making their way downtown from Highway 160 and Richards Boulevard. Regional Transit trains that travel on the street were also initially halted, but later allowed through.
Hostage negotiators responded to the scene and were able to convince the man to come down from the overpass just before 9 a.m.
The street was reopened shortly after.