I-805 traffic diverted as man sits on overpass ledge

SAN DIEGO — A man who was threatening to jump from the 43rd Street overpass of Interstate 805 prompted officials to close the freeway Friday and call in emergency negotiators.

Possible jumper backs up trafficThe man was spotted sitting on the overpass with his feet dangling around 7:45 a.m. and the San Diego Police Department’s emergency negotiating team was brought in, according to San Diego police Officer Frank Cali.

Once the man is talked down, he will likely be taken to the county’s Mental Health Services for an evaluation, Cali said. It was unclear if he would face charges.

The California Highway Patrol issued a SigAlert at 8:39 a.m. for the northbound Interstate 805 lanes. The on-ramps from Plaza Boulevard and Sweetwater Road in National City were shut down.

Northbound traffic was being diverted to eastbound and westbound state Route 54, then back onto the interstate, according to the CHP.

The southbound lanes were also closed and traffic was being diverted onto state Route 94, according to Caltrans. Motorists were advised to avoid the area.