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Interstate 26 Shuts Down Near Columbia

SUICIDE ATTEMPT AVERTED …  One of South Carolina’s most heavily traveled traffic arteries ground to a halt on Thursday evening as the Columbia, S.C. police department worked to prevent a suicide attempt on an Interstate overpass. The  S.C. Highway Patrol shut down all lanes of Interstate 26 at the Harbison…

SUICIDE ATTEMPT AVERTED … 

One of South Carolina’s most heavily traveled traffic arteries ground to a halt on Thursday evening as the Columbia, S.C. police department worked to prevent a suicide attempt on an Interstate overpass.

The  S.C. Highway Patrol shut down all lanes of Interstate 26 at the Harbison Boulevard exit at the request of the Columbia, S.C. police department (CPD) – whose officers were working to prevent an as-yet-unidentified man from trying to kill himself on the Harbison bridge.

“Negotiators convinced (the) man not to harm himself,” a CPD spokeswoman told FITS.

Initial reports on the cause of the shutdown were sketchy …

According to initial reports from The (Columbia, S.C.) State newspaper, the lane closings are due to “an obstruction in the roadway.” WLTX TV 19 (CBS – Columbia, S.C.) had much better information, reporting that the Highway Patrol had shut the lanes down so that a CPD officer could deal “with a situation on the bridge over the roadway.”

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19 comments

tomstickler March 20, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Film at 11. . . .

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Box the neck March 20, 2014 at 9:13 pm

Hey Tomstickler how about some film of your lousy whinny self crying about people cutting trees down on their private property? Tomstickler is now wanting to tell everyone they cannot cut trees down on their private property where they live even. Hey Tom why don’t you clean up your trashy yard in Hagley first? I’ll take care of my own house without you and your tree hugging.

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Mr. Friendly March 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

He’s a lib, there is no line for him philosophically at government isn’t allowed to tell you what to do with your property.

That’s why he wants to control government, so he can control you.

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Mr. Friendly March 20, 2014 at 10:06 pm

“at which government”

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Smirks March 21, 2014 at 8:45 am

What’s this all about? Did I miss something?

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euwe max March 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

now *that* was mature!

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Bible Thumper March 20, 2014 at 9:07 pm

I’m happy he safe. Hope he gets help. Not a core function of government though. Is it fits?

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The cost of civil society March 21, 2014 at 11:38 am

How much did his stunt cost the taxpayer? Seriously- firetrucks, cops, paramedics, no traffic movement, etc.

His attention grab had to be well over $100k in just city “services”. You can’t calculate what the financial costs of no traffic for hour or two was…but it could be high.

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... March 21, 2014 at 6:30 am

CPD spokeswomen Jennifer Timmons is a former reporter for a local tv station. I’ve seen her carrying a badge and GUN. Is she a certified police officer? And why does she need a gun? Protection against chief shorty?

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easterndumbfuckastan March 21, 2014 at 9:03 am

She most likely completed the 40 hour course at the police academy that allows her a badge and an gun, with limited arrest powers. It’s the same certification as court room bailiffs, etc. Since she is in the public eye as the department spokes-hole it’s probably not a bad idea.

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Batman March 21, 2014 at 9:52 pm

40 hour course and you get limited arrest powers? Wow! One week of training and you get a police badge and gun? Maybe she should get a CWP.

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easterndumbfuckastan March 21, 2014 at 10:55 pm

The arrest powers are very limited. No traffic stops, can only arrest for a crime commented in her sight, not much more than citizens arrest powers. Has to qualify to carry. About the only real privilege is statewide carry with out the CWP restrictions. He’ll I’ve thought of volunteering as a state constable to get that. I can direct traffic in an emergency just fine, I’ve done it before with no authority other than can you help us please.

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John March 21, 2014 at 12:17 pm

Try the Ravenel Bridge next time…

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euwe max March 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm

I’d be afraid the bridge would collapse before I had a chance to jump.

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ELCID March 23, 2014 at 4:31 pm

Based upon the amount of corrosion on that bridge: you might be right.

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euwe max March 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I know when I go to commit suicide, I want something sturdy to jump off of.

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RogueElephant March 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm

A friend of mine said he considered suicide once. When he thought of all the people it would make happy he decided against it.

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euwe max March 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm

If you’re going to commit suicide, take someone who deserves it down with you.

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SparkleCity March 21, 2014 at 10:25 pm

Main concern I have is:

Were the animals at Riverbanks OK/not in danger during all of this?????

Just concerned for their welfare is all I’m saying…………

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