Person in distress prompts temporary closure of I-5

Garfield Street overpass

MEDFORD, Ore. – Interstate 5 was closed for about 15 minutes Monday morning due to a person in distress.

The Medford Police Department said around 6:30 a.m., a person climbed over fencing on the Garfield Street overpass and prepared to jump onto the roadway.

First responders stopped traffic on I-5 as they began a conversation with the individual. The person was eventually talked down and the highway was reopened.

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