UPDATED: 3:59 p.m., Friday:
In a statement, state police said the man who was taken to Lower Bucks Hospital for a mental health evaluation was a 35-year-old from Bristol. They said he stepped off the ledge after taking to negotiators from Falls Township, Middletown and the state police.
The incident that included the 35-year-old standing on the railing of the southbound I-95 bridge over the rail line started around 11:15 a.m. on Friday when the man struck the rear of a dump truck while traveling in the northbound lanes of the highway. He went jumped out of his white vehicle and ran across the southbound lanes to stand on the edge of the highway bridge.
Troopers and local police rushed to the scene to find the man “preparing” to jump. They talked to him for more than an hour before he stepped down voluntarily.
Law enforcement officials were able to save a man who was threatening to jump off the I-95 northbound bridge that rises above SEPTA’s West Trenton Line in Lower Makefield.
The incident started around 11:30 a.m. Friday and led to all lanes of I-95 being closed between the Newtown and Langhorne exits for about an hour. Around 12:45 p.m., the upset man was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for a mental health evaluation, sources said.
Shortly after the man was taken into custody by Pennsylvania State Police, he was turned over to medics and transported from the scene. Troopers then reopened all lanes of traffic along with SEPTA and CSX rail traffic on the tracks below.
Images submitted to LevittownNow.com show the shirtless man sitting on the bridge railing above the rail tracks, which one official said is about 30 feet below I-95. He was also seen walking along the railing while emergency responders tried to talk him down.
What led to the man threatening to jump was not immediately released by state police.
A white car was seen being removed from the grassy median shortly after the incident, but it was unclear if it was related to the man who sat above the rail tracks.