Man jumps from top of The Stack, early morning traffic affected

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PHOENIX -- The Interstate 10 westbound ramp from northbound Interstate 17 was closed for a time Friday morning after a man jumped from the top of "The Stack."

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It happened at about 4:30 a.m.

The man, who is between 25 and 30 years old, apparently drove to the top of "The Stack," stopped his car, got out and jumped.

He landed on the westbound I-10 ramp -- a distance of about 30 to 40 feet -- where he was then hit by a car.

"I don't know anything about the driver," said Capt. Shelly Jamison of the Phoenix Fire Department. "I'm sure it was a surprise. Obviously, everything happened very quickly. When you're on the freeway, your certainly don't anticipate seeing something as dramatic as that falling in front of your vehicle."

The man, whose name has not been released, suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital.

Investigators said it appears that the man got out of the car and jump of his own volition.

"It is a very unfortunate situation," Jamison said. "Unfortunately, it's not the first time I've heard about somebody doing something like this, and you always hate to highlight situations where somebody takes their own life. It's obviously a tragedy. He had issues that I can't speak to -- nobody can, but him."

Not much is known about the man. Police have said he apparently did not leave a note behind, so it's not clear what led up to his jumping.

The Department of Public Safety cleared the scene and re-opened the area to traffic shortly after 7 a.m.