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Man on 110 Freeway overpass causes gridlock, is held by police

A man climbs off a 110 Freeway sign Monday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. Traffic was snarled on three freeways for several hours; he was arrested.
A man who appeared ready to jump off a downtown overpass brought traffic on the southbound 110 Freeway to a near standstill for about two hours Monday afternoon. Authorities said the gridlock spread onto stretches of the 101, 10 and 5 Freeways.

"Horrible," is the only word California Highway Patrol Officer Tatiana Sauquillo could use to describe how bad traffic was.

Authorities were notified of the man, who they said had climbed the 7th Street Bridge over the 110 Freeway, shortly after 2 p.m. The CHP issued a SigAlert and closed all southbound lanes in the area except one as firefighters and a SWAT unit from the Los Angeles Police Department scrambled to the scene.

About 4 p.m., Sauquillo and a spokesperson for the LAPD said the man did not jump and had been taken into custody by authorities. The CHP said they were slowly reopening the closed lanes.

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Photo: A man climbs off a 110 Freeway sign Monday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times

 
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