Northbound I-15 traffic snarled as possible jumper stops traffic

A person was reportedly on the Santiago Road bridge ledge over northbound Interstate 15 on Thursday, causing the freeway to close just as rush hour hit Temecula. Valley News/Cindy Davis photo

TEMECULA — The California Highway Patrol issued a SIG Alert during rush hour on Northbound Interstate 15 Thursday, Jan. 23 in response to a juvenile male standing on a ledge on Santiago Road bridge over the freeway.

The young male was ultimately persuaded to come down from the ledge with the help of emergency personnel and all lanes were opened by 6:40 p.m.

“A young male juvenile was safely taken down from the Santiago bridge over I-15 this evening,” CHP Officer Mike Lassig said. “Temecula (Police Department) and Cal Fire all (were) involved in the safety of the male subject. The northbound lanes were closed down for approximately 15 minutes until negotiators were able to convince the subject to move away from the traffic lanes of the northbound I-15.”

First reported by the CHP at 5:07 p.m., reports from the scene indicated the freeway was at a standstill and drivers were exiting their cars. Five minutes later, officers announced they would try to open the No. 3 lane as well and the onramp was stopped at Temecula Parkway until 5:30 p.m.

“Once the male subject moved to the east of the traffic lanes and safety personnel were able to get him secured to the bridge with a harness, lanes were reopened,” Officer Lassig said. “The male subject was able to safely be helped off of the overcrossing with the assistance of Cal Fire and their ladder truck. 

“We are thankful the male subject came down to safety,” he said.