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CARLSBAD, Calif. – Two California Highway Patrol officers grabbed a suicidal young woman as she jumped from a freeway overpass, preventing her from plunging into traffic, authorities said Thursday.

The incident, which happened at about 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, was captured on dramatic cellphone video.

Emergency operators received a call reporting that a suicidal woman was walking on southbound Interstate 5 near Carlsbad Village Drive. The caller said the woman was a 21-year-old Oceanside resident who had threatened to kill herself in the past and was distraught.

Two CHP officers went to the location and saw the woman walking on the side of the freeway as it passed over Carlsbad Village Drive. As they approached, she turned and climbed over the guard rail. The officer ran and each grabbed one of her arms as she attempted to jump off the overpass.

Cellphone video shows the woman dangling by her arms in front of a freeway sign directing traffic to the northbound onramp to I-5.

Two Carlsbad police officers saw the commotion and helped the CHP officers pull the young woman to safety. She was taken to Tri-City Hospital, where she was admitted for psychiatric observation.