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OSP Lieutenant Prevents Suicide Attempt from Freeway Overpass
01/30/2008
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 731-3020 ext. 247

An Oregon State Police (OSP) lieutenant prevented a Springfield woman from jumping off the Glenwood interchange overpass onto Interstate 5 Wednesday morning. The woman was taken into protective custody and transported to a local hospital for a mental evaluation.
 
On January 30, 2008 at approximately 8:35 a.m., OSP Lieutenant Mike Bloom was patrolling southbound on Interstate 5 in a construction zone when he took the Glenwood interchange off ramp to return northbound. As Lieutenant Bloom was approaching the top of the freeway off ramp he saw a woman standing on the overpass railing clinging to a protective screen approximately 60 feet above the northbound freeway on ramp. It was reportedly snowing heavily at the time.
 
Lieutenant Bloom quickly drove over to the area where the woman, a 41-year old Springfield resident, was standing on the railing and started talking to her. The woman, who was wearing a coat, towel wrapped around her waist with shorts, and slippers, later admitted she was going to commit suicide by jumping from the overpass. After about five minutes, Lieutenant Bloom was able to talk the woman off the railing. Shortly afterward, she attempted to run on foot but was overtaken and detained at 8:45 a.m.
 
The woman was transported to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eugene for a mental evaluation.