A man died while on the way to the hospital after jumping off Highway 126 and landing onto Interstate 5 in Castaic on Friday morning, according to law enforcement officials.
The man was only identified as being between the ages of 25-30 years old, officials added.
Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel responded to a psychological rescue at around 9:55 a.m. to assist a patient who seemed severely scared and threatened to jump off one freeway and onto another, according to spokesman Franklin Lopez.
California Highway Patrol personnel also responded to the incident, Officer Josh Greengard confirmed.
“We had a call about a male hanging on the railing of Highway 126 and shortly after, the male jumped onto the southbound 5,” he said.
Highway Patrol and Fire Department officials did not have immediate information regarding the condition of the person but “when the Fire Department got there, he had a faint heartbeat,” said Greengard.
The incident prompted a temporary SigAlert, with CHP shutting down all southbound lanes of the 5 freeway for approximately 20 minutes.
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