A police situation forced traffic to exit Loop 101 in Scottsdale at Thomas Road on Friday morning. (Source: CBS 5 News)
SCOTTSDALE, AZ (CBS5) -
The Loop 101 Pima Freeway was reopened in both directions after police talked down a suicidal man on the Thomas Road overpass Friday morning.
The Scottsdale Police Department tweeted about 11:30 a.m. that police negotiators were successful in bringing the man down and getting him treatment, and that the freeway was reopening soon.
The incident began about 8:40 a.m. and caused massive backups on the freeway and surface streets. The Arizona Department of Transportation said motorists could still expect long backups throughout the lunch hour.
Arizona Department of Public Safety officers said they found the man sitting on the southbound netting of the overpass about 8:40 a.m.
The Arizona Department of Transportation said northbound traffic was forced off at McDowell Road and that the southbound backup began at McDonald for the closure at Thomas.
With the closure, ADOT said to expect massive backups on surface streets near Loop 101 and that suggested alternate routes for north and southbound traffic include State Route 51 and State Route 87.
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