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Man jumps from Aurora Bridge

A suicidal person man threatening to jump off the Aurora Bridge tied up traffic heading into town this morning as emergency officials negotiated with the person for well over an hour. That’s why there was a news helicopter hovering over south Phinney and north Fremont this morning.

They were still talking to the person shortly before 9 a.m. It won’t help in this situation, but the state DOT is considering adding a suicide prevention fence to the Highway 99 bridge.

Thanks, Tyler, for the tip.

Update: At approximately 9:30 a.m., the person either jumped or fell, landing in a parking lot more than 100 feet below. He was taken to Harborview Medical Center. There’s no word on whether he survived. The man did not survive. Suicide negotiators have said it appears he slipped (it was raining at the time), rather than purposely jumped.