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Emergency crews use ladder truck to help person safely off I-94 overpass

Situation backed up traffic for miles and caused major traffic delays in southwest Fargo

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Fargo police officers talk on the 45th Street bridge over Interstate 94 on Monday night, Aug. 30, as a suicidal man was eventually safely talked off the overpass. Ryan Longnecker / WDAY TV
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FARGO — After almost two hours, Fargo police were able to talk a suicidal young man off of the edge of the 45th Street bridge over Interstate 94 in southwest Fargo on Monday night, Aug. 30.

The situation that backed traffic up along Interstate 94 for miles in each direction starting about 5:50 p.m. ended peacefully as emergency responders helped the man safely down in a bucket in a Fargo Fire Department ladder truck.

Hundreds of people viewed the rescue from parking lots and businesses on the sides of the bridge.

For most of the two hours, four police officers were talking with the young man as they eventually moved closer to him.

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Meanwhile, numerous other law enforcement with the North Dakota Highway Patrol, West Fargo Police Department, Cass County Sheriff's Department and other Fargo police officers blocked off traffic on the interstate in both directions.

An ambulance was on standby under the overpass.

For a brief time, some traffic was diverted from the interstate onto the 45th Street exit, but traffic was later blocked. Vehicles were stopped from entering I-94 westbound from I-29 and also from the west as motorists headed into Fargo.

The incident caused traffic problems throughout the southwestern part of the city, but Fargo police reported roadways were all opened up by about 8 p.m.

Adding to traffic problems, the Highway Patrol reported late Monday night that there was also a minor injury crash on I-94 near the Sheyenne Street exit as well as a property damage crash on I-94 westbound near the tri-level bridge over I-29.

In the crash by Sheyenne Street, the Patrol said the driver was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs.

Editor’s Note: If you or a loved one is in crisis, you can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK)

An almost 50-year veteran of the newspaper business, Amundson has worked for The Forum and Forum News Service for 15 years. He started as a sport reporter in Minnesota. He is currently the city and night reporter for The Forum. bamundson@forumcomm.com 701-451-5665
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