Man threatening to jump shuts bridge

April 17, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The Key Bridge was closed for nearly 16 hours yesterday, causing miles of delays on the Baltimore Beltway as transportation authority police officers tried to persuade a man threatening suicide not to jump, authorities said.

The bridge was closed in both directions beginning at 4:03 a.m., said Lori A. Vidil, a spokeswoman for the Maryland Transportation Authority. The bridge reopened at 7:40 p.m. after the man surrendered to police. He was taken to St. Agnes HealthCare.

During the Beltway backup, a man whose car was stuck in traffic on the outer loop during the morning suffered a heart attack and died, Vidil said. His identity was not available.

Traffic was detoured to the Harbor Tunnel and Fort McHenry Tunnel, Vidil said. The bridge accommodates about 30,000 vehicles a day, she added.

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