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Roanoke police stand in front of the Liberty Road overpass after reports of a man dangling over the interstate on Wednesday evening.
Thursday, June 20, 2013
Traffic on Interstate 581 was shut down about 9 p.m. Wednesday after authorities received reports of a man hanging off an overpass.
The man was hanging onto the chain fence that arches over the Liberty Road overpass above traffic on I-581 south.
Roanoke police Lt. Mark Lovern said the man appeared distraught and attempted to jump over the bridge, but officers were able to talk him into climbing down from fence shortly before 9:30 p.m. Lovern said the man was taken into protective custody and was not charged. Lovern said a negotiator was on the scene but was not used.
The incident closed I-581 south near the overpass for about 30 minutes.
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