A man was taken into custody Thursday morning after police closed the Interstate 95 bridge spanning the Piscataqua River between Maine and New Hampshire.
The New Hampshire man, whose identity wasn’t released, was placed in protective custody and taken to a local hospital, according to Shannon Moss, a spokesperson for the Maine Department of Public Safety.
The man was experiencing a mental health crisis and was jumping from the bridge to the jersey barriers, then onto the catwalk underneath the bridge where he almost fell 100 feet, Moss said.
The bridge was closed because officers could not hear him when attempting to contact him in person and over phone because of the traffic noise, she said. He surrendered to police around 10:30 a.m..
The case will be referred to the York County district attorney’s office to determine whether to file charges.
The Piscataqua River Bridge was closed about 6:30 a.m. after Maine state troopers were called there because of the man, who was on its northbound side. The closure backed up traffic in both directions on the Kittery and Portsmouth, New Hampshire, sides.
The bridge was reopened just before 11 a.m.
Correction: A previous version of this story misstated that the man fell.