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Man threatening to jump from Highway 99 overpass talked down by police

A Fresno police officer, foot on wall, tries to calm a man threatening to jump from the Clinton Avenue overpass onto Highway 99 Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016.
A Fresno police officer, foot on wall, tries to calm a man threatening to jump from the Clinton Avenue overpass onto Highway 99 Wednesday morning, Nov. 9, 2016. jguy@fresnobee.com

Traffic was diverted off southbound Highway 99 at Clinton Avenue in central Fresno Wednesday morning after a man threatening to jump from the overpass climbed over a barrier about 10 a.m. and stood precariously above the roadway dozens of feet below.

Police convinced him to come down shortly after 11 a.m. Traffic in both directions of the freeway was snarled for miles during the incident.

Lt. Joe Gomez said he was not sure what prompted the man to climb above traffic, but said it appeared he was under the influence of an unknown substance.

The California Highway Patrol diverted traffic off southbound 99 so firefighters could place a large, inflated bag on the roadway in case the man jumped. One lane of northbound Highway 99 also was blocked.

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