Man on I-5 overpass causes huge East LA backups

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A man on an overpass brought an hours-long shutdown of a major freeway, causing massive traffic backups through the east side of Los Angeles during Friday rush hour.

The California Highway Patrol says Interstate 5 in East LA was closed shortly before 4 p.m. and remained shut down in both directions for about three hours before officers took the man into custody.

The man, wearing long shorts, long socks and a baseball cap could be seen standing on the platform in front of a freeway sign while officers talked to him.

Sheriff's officials described him as possibly suicidal, firefighters inflated giant cushions below him, and he was taken to a hospital afterward.

The closure is near major interchanges, and the overflow is affected traffic on U.S. 101 and Interstate 710.