Body found on highway shuts down traffic near Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO -- A man's body was found on the highway near Balboa Park Tuesday morning, shutting down morning traffic headed away from downtown.

The body was discovered around 5:30 a.m. on state Route 163 below Laurel Street Bridge. After initially determining the man was hit and killed by a passing vehicle, police said they had reviewed surveillance video that showed the man actually jumped from the bridge onto the highway.

Police cars blocked northbound traffic in the area where the body was discovered, creating a significant backup during the morning commute. One lane reopened shortly after 7 a.m., and the traffic jam slowly started to dissipate.

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During the extended delay, some vehicles tried to turn around and drive the wrong way up the highway, but officers ordered them to turn around and head back:

 

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