Student threatens to jump

San Diego police thwarted an apparent suicide attempt by a UCSD student on the evening of Oct. 24. The 20-year-old female threatened to jump from the Nobel Drive overpass onto Interstate 5.

Scott Thomas
Guardian

The ordeal halted traffic for hours.

The woman stabbed herself twice in the abdomen with a knife, said San Diego police spokesman Bill Robinson.

She was wearing a UCSD T-shirt.

The woman lost conciousness around 9 p.m. and police were able to remove her from the overpass.

Paramedics took her off the catwalk of a sign attached to the bridge using a ladder truck parked on the freeway.

She was then reportedly taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla for psychological evaluation.

According to Robinson, the woman had “”mental problems”” and has not been charged.

Northbound I-5 was closed for three-and-a-half hours, and reopened around 10:30 p.m. Officers blocked traffic on Nobel Drive, and the California Highway Patrol diverted traffic from northbound I-5 onto Highway 52.

Traffic backed up as far south as Mission Bay.

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