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Police respond to man standing on I-80/94 overpass bridge, threatening to jump, police say
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Police respond to man standing on I-80/94 overpass bridge, threatening to jump, police say

Emergency vehicles on bridge

This image captured from an Indiana Department of Transportation camera shows emergency vehicles and first responders at the scene after the man was transported from the area. 

GARY — Police responded to a man standing on an overpass bridge threatening to jump Saturday evening, police said.

Indiana State Police said they temporarily shut down a portion of westbound I-80/94 in Gary after a man was reportedly standing on the ledge and was threatening to jump. 

At 4:48 p.m. a man was standing on the overpass bridge ledge in the area of I-80/94 and the Broadway Avenue exit at mile marker 9.9, as seen on an Indiana Department of Transportation camera.

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Soon after, emergency vehicles were seen in the area, with some blocking off and diverting traffic around and under the bridge. 

Individuals officers were seen on camera approaching the man, who had stepped over the bridge wall and was standing on the ledge. 

After a period of time, they can be seen making physical contact with him. The man appeared to have been transported from the scene shortly after 5 p.m.

Indiana State Police confirmed the situation ended without incident. 

Some emergency vehicles remained on scene briefly as regular traffic flow began to resume.

As of 5:30 p.m., the area was open again. Indiana State Police stated that while they assisted, Gary Police Department is the main agency that handled the response, with other departments such as Lake Station Police Department aiding in blocking off nearby roadways.


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Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts and investigative news. She is a graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology. 219-933-4194,

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